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Boxing | International

James Degale (R) © Action Images

Jamaican champ makes history



Nicholas Walters has become the first Jamaican to win a world title on home soil.

The 26-year-old Walters stopped Daulis Prescott 35 seconds into the seventh round to win the vacant WBA featherweight belt in Kingston on Saturday night.

The fighter from Montego Bay is still undefeated, now boasting a record of 22-0, including 18 knockouts.

Prescott, from Barranquilla in Colombia, was knocked down in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds. He is also 26, and his record now stands at 26-2; 19.

In Hull, England, James Degale won the vacant WBC silver super-middleweight title when he beat Fulgencio Zuniga by 118-109 on each of the three scorecards.

The Briton, a 2008 Olympic Games gold medallist, knocked Zuniga down in the third round and improved his record to 14-1, with 9 knockouts. Zuniga’s dropped to 25-7-1; 22.

Earlier super-middleweight Chris Eubank Jr improved to 9-0; 4 by stopping Olegs Fedotovs (15-10; 1) in the second round.

Kid Galahad (13-0) outclassed Ivan Ruiz Morote (15-2; 7) before stopping him in the fourth round of a super-featherweight bout.

In London, middleweight Darren Barker improved to 24-1; 15 with a win over Kerry Hope. Returning to action after 14 months, Barker stopped Hope (18-5; 1) after 65 seconds of the fourth round

In Philadelphia, Bryant Jennings stopped Bowie Tupou in the fifth round of a bout for the USBA heavyweight title, improving his record to 16-0; 8. Tupou dropped to 22-3; 16.

On the same card super-featherweight Eric Hunter (17-2; 9) beat Jerry Belmontes (17-1; 5) by 99-90 on two cards and 97-92 on the third.

In Anaheim, California, Ricardo Williams Jr stopped Luis Ramos Jr in the fifth round of a junior welterweight bout.

Williams improved to 21-3, with 10 knockouts after being knocked down in the second round. Ramos lost for the first time in dropping to 23-1; 10.

In Spodek, Poland, junior middleweight Damien Jonak beat Jackson Bonsu, a Belgian, by 99-91 on two cards and 98-90. Jonak now stands at 35-0-1; 21 and Bonsu at 43-6-1; 29.

Welterweights Carson Jones (34-9-3; 24) and Dean Byrne (16-2-1; 6) drew over eight rounds and middleweight John Ryder (13-0; 8) stopped Eamonn O’Kane (8-1; 3) in the eighth round.



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