Steve Martin halts Graham Earl late; Austin Trout decisions Daniel Dawson

Phil Jay 23/08/2014

Malta’s ‘Super’ Steve Martin claimed the WBF (Foundation) welterweight title on Friday night by scoring the biggest win of his career so far against Graham Earl at the Hilton Hotel in Portomaso.

The 27 year-old, who began his career in 2012 with four straight defeats, mounted up a sizeable points lead in a contest with no knockdowns until the opportunity arose in the tenth round to get Earl out of there.

With the victory, Martin becomes the first Maltese fighter to claim a version of the world title in recording his eighth straight ‘W’ in a row to improve his record to 10-4-1. Veteran Earl, 35, drops to 26-6 having lost to old rival Michael Katsidis in July after returning to the sport following a five-year absence.

Elsewhere in Temecula, Califorina, former world champion Austin Trout successfully recovered from being floored twice in the third round to out-point Daniel Dawson over ten rounds.

Trout, 28, scored a knockdown of his own in the eighth round to add more weight to his already lengthy points lead to card a 97-90 triumph across the board with all three judges.

‘No Doubt’ now hopes to avenge his losses to Erislandy Lara and Canelo Alvarez in the near future, although may need at least one more victory against a top contender in order to seal a revenge mission with either.

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