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Yafai retains belt on a unanimous decision

Khalid Yafai from Birmingham, England, retained his WBA junior-bantamweight belt with a unanimous 12-round points decision over Japan’s Suguru Muranaka at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England, on Saturday night.

The scores were 119-107 twice and 118-108.

Yafai, who was making his first defence, scored a knockdown in the second round and dominated throughout in a one-sided contest.

He improved his record to 22-0; 14 and Muranaka’s record dropped to 25-3-1; 8.

On the same card, in a contest for the European Boxing Union welterweight title, England’s Sam Eggington (21-3; 13) won on a tenth-round knockout over Spain’s Ceferino Rodriguez (24-2; 12).

A right uppercut, followed up by big left hook, sent Rodriguez down for the full count.

In a junior-featherweight bout, Gamal Yafai (12-0; 5) scored six knockdowns on his way to a seventh-round stoppage over Sean Davis (12-1; 0) to win the WBC International title.

Welterweight Frankie Gavin (24-3; 14) outpointed Renald Garrido (18-15-1; 3) over eight rounds.


Josh Warrington (25-0; 5) retained his WBC International featherweight title with a 12-round majority points decision over former world champion Kiko Martinez (36-8-1; 26) at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England, on Saturday night.

The scores were 116-112 twice and 114-114.

Thomas Patrick Ward (21-0; 2) won the British junior-featherweight title on a ninth-round technical decision over James Dickens (22-3; 7), when, after a head clash, Ward was unable to continue.

The scores were 87-85 twice and 88-84.


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