BOXING: Joe Hughes is International Masters champion

Boxer Joe Hughes (5171059)

Boxer Joe Hughes (5171059)

First published in Sport

JOE HUGHES won the first title of his professional career when taking the International Masters light-welterweight title on Saturday night by a runaway points decision.

The 23-year-old, from Malmesbury, beat the durable Bulgarian Kristian Dochev on points by 100-89 on the official scorecard and even dropped his opponent in the second round of his first 10-round contest at the Forum in Bath.

Hughes, a former Senior ABA light welterweight champion, has now taken his pro record to nine wins in 10 fights.

Hughes' stable-mate Danny Butler, from Bristol, successfully defended the English middleweight belt by stopping Leicester fighter Martin Concepcion in the fourth round while Wiltshire fighter Nick Blackwell beat Terry Carruthers.

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