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Promoter Dennis Hobson said: “We have been robbed of a bit of drama. It means the first time in history a world title of two North-East kids together and we’ve been robbed.''
Hall, of Darlington, admitted: “I’m gutted how it’s turned out, the crowd have been robbed of a great fight. It happens and I don’t know what to say, it’s one of those things.''
Challenger Ward, from West Rainton, said: "It was going to be a hell of a fight. He feels deprived of showing his world class and I feel deprived I haven’t been able to prove I’m at the same level and I believe I am.''
Stuart Hall about to start the press conference. @stuskithechamp http://t.co/Srp6sBlvHd— @CStoddartEcho 29 March 2014
"We've been robbed of a bit of drama'" says promoter Dennis Hobson. #HallWard. http://t.co/BGLivt8hto— @CStoddartEcho 29 March 2014
Martin Ward says he's needed ten superficial stitches and four deep. #HallWard @stuskithechamp http://t.co/EmGUW1hik7— @CStoddartEcho 29 March 2014
Press conference about to take place with Hobson and Hall. Ward is still completing his drug test procedure.
Stuart hall has defended his belt more times than @JamieMcdonnell1 did. #BitterMuch— @brianking80 29 March 2014
Cant get much more gutting than that. #HallWard— @mrtonynash 29 March 2014
#HallWard talk to Box Nation. http://t.co/uaSwTfm79f— @CStoddartEcho 29 March 2014
Disappointing to say the least. Massive set back for both fighters as a no contest is given. #HallWard— @UKBoxing4 29 March 2014
RT @CStoddartEcho: Stuart Hall, still world champion. @stuskithechamp http://t.co/mVkuYSTl1T— @sparkymarc23 29 March 2014
There's a real feeling of disappoinment inside the Arena. All that build-up and excitement and it ends flat.
Accidental clash of heads means Hall keeps the belt on a technical draw.
STUART Hall has retained his IBF bantamweight title.
Ward's corner has stopped the contest at the start of the second round.
The cut above his left eye deemed to severe and Hall is still world champion.
Ward is devastated. It was from an accidental clash of heads rather than left hand and it has been made a technical draw.
The main event has started.
impressive start from the champion. Hall landed a couple of early blows but left Ward bleeding on his nose what looked like a strong left. Suggestions there could have been a head collision.
Echo scorecard: HALL 10 WARD 9
@CStoddartEcho nice touch to see him wear a Peter Crang t shirt , a guy who loved the sport— @Darlotoon 29 March 2014
Hall v Ward
Ringwalks complete, both boxers in the ring with their entourages. Twelve rounds ahead....
Bradley Saunders after making light work of Mitch Prince. Seven KOS from nine wins after stopping him in four. http://t.co/LCQdaqxRbp— @paulfraserecho 29 March 2014
Bradley Saunders has stopped Prince inside four rounds with an explosive display in front of his fans.
He had Prince down twice in the fourth before the Scotland boxer missed his left hook and ended on the floor again.
The referee stepped in and it was game over for Prince. Saunders still unbeaten.
Now for the main event ... Hall v Ward.
Great opening round from Saunders.
A fine left hook earlier in the round started things off and Prince suffered two standing counts before the bell.
Bradley Saunders has started his quest to remain unbeaten against Mitch Prince. Huge following for Sedgefield's Saunders tonight in the Arena.
Frankie Gavin recovered from his knock down in the second to retain his Commonwealth crown.
The judges awarded him the contest comfortably on three scorecards.
Next up Bradley Saunders followed by the Stuart Hall-Martin Ward world title fight.
Frankie Gavin in a bit of trouble against Sacky Shikukutu in the opening rounds. Gavin floored in the second. But he has landed a couple of good shots in the fourth.
> Paul Fraser
Best of luck to @stuskithechamp tonight in the defence of his world title!! #bringithome— @stormygraeme 29 March 2014
One north east title in the bag - Jon Lewis Dickinson gets Lonsdale belt for keeps - stopped Neil Dawson in the tenth http://t.co/AyxbHNYwOk— @loughlinecho 29 March 2014
Jon-Lewis Dickinson has claimed the Lonsdale Belt. He has defeated Neil Dawson with a stoppage.
The Birtley boxer took command of the tenth round with a series of clinical left and rights to stop Dawson after 2mins 33secs of round ten.
> Paul Fraser
Lite day of training today with a steady state 🏃 At the boxing now #HallvWard #boxnation http://t.co/5IbgWAkZbp— @LPC_BoxerTees 29 March 2014
World Cup winner Jack Charlton sat ringside keeping an eye on Dickinson.
Through six rounds now and Dickinson ahead. Lonsdale Belt heading for Tyneside at the half way stage, but work still to do.
Decent start made by Dickinson. Stronger in the first round and composed in the second so far.
For the first time tonight there's plenty of chants and shouts from the crowd. Atmosphere building.
> Paul Fraser
RT @terrythesnapper: Looking forward to #HallvWard at @ArenaNewcastle tonight, may the best man win ! @stuskithechamp @Dennis_Hobson http:/…— @johnnyelitept 29 March 2014
American Eddie Chambers has stopped Plamen Nickov inside six rounds.
The TV cameras are rolling and it's all about Birtley's British cruiserweight champion now.
Jon-Lewis Dickinson will claim the Lonsdale belt if he can defeat Neil Dawson. He's coming out soon.
> Paul Fraser
Josh Leather is in the ring at MetroRadio Arena. Stuart Hall v Martin Ward is due on at 1030pm. #hallvward http://t.co/UVPkC4ienP— @paulfraserecho 29 March 2014
I'm in place for a feast of top class boxing at the Metro Radio Arena.
Darlington's Stuart Hall is due in to the ring to defend his IBF bantamweight crown against West Rainton's Martin Ward at 10.30.
Low key atmosphere at the moment, but sure to hot up later when the North-East boxers get going.
Martin's brother Tommy has already been in to start the night. He defeated Qasnin Hussain on points.
in the other three early bouts, Jay Harris and Ross Burkinshaw both won. Dave Allen drew with Bulgarian Plamen Nickov.
> Paul Fraser
Paul Fraser is ringside at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena for tonight's showdown between North-East fighters, Darlington's IBF bantamweight world champion Stuart Hall and challenger West Rainton's Martin Ward.