Results round-up: Hughes stopped and Weetch wins first title

Results round-up: Hughes stopped and Weetch wins first title

On Saturday, it wasn’t to be for half-Welshman Danny ‘Maxi’ Hughes (13-2-2, 2KO) who was stopped by Essex’s classy Martin J Ward (11-0-2, 6KO) at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. The WBC International super-featherweight contest began evenly and Hughes brought his promised intensity but Ward’s sharp counterpunching caused his opponent immediate issues. Hughes’ right eye to swell shut in the third round but undeterred, he still came forward before a sharp slip-right uppercut move by Ward caused further damage, breaking Hughes’ nose. The brave but injured southpaw saw out the round but was retired on his stool before the fifth stanza by his trainer, Dave Hulley. At just 25-years-old, Hughes was saved to come again on another day. Hughes and Ward had previously met in December 2014 when they battled to a hard-fought draw over ten rounds. Meanwhile on the other side of the world, Cwmcarn’s Jamie Weetch (5-2, 4KO) claimed the vacant West Australia State title. The resettled super-middleweight, who won Schoolboy and Youth Welsh ABA titles as an amateur, stopped Darran Allison (2-2, 2KO) in two rounds to win his first career title. Since losing for the middleweight version of the same title 13 months ago, Weetch has scored three consecutive knockout victories. Weetch isn’t the only Welshman fighting in Australia; Brisbane based Kerry Hope is due to make his Oz debut on 23 May against Indonesia’s Jamed Jalarante and Cardiff’s Gareth Piper has recently moved to Perth. Image by Matchroom Sport.

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