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UK round-up: Farrag halts Jamoye to claim EBU belt; Selby, Arthur, Patel, Jones, Ekundayo triumph

Phil Jay 31/10/2015

Ryan Farrag stunned former world title challenger Stephane Jamoye to claim the vacant European bantamweight title via a ninth round knockout.

The 27 year-old from Liverpool withstood pressure from the home fighter initially to eventually wear down and take out Jamoye to the devastation of the Belgium crowd. With the win, Farrag improved to 14-1 after suffering his only defeat to world champion Lee Haskins in a 2011 Prizefighter tournament.

In Newport, Wales, successful amateur Andrew Selby, brother of IBF featherweight title holder Lee, made the transition to professional with ease by stopping Haji Juma in four, whilst Jamie Arthur ended his 44-month retirement with a six round points victory.

In London, ex-Prizefighter champion Larry Ekundayo maintained his 100% record to move to 11-0 and pick-up the African Boxing Union welterweight title, whilst Ben Jones captured a fringe version of the WBO featherweight title by out-pointing Martin Parlagi over ten.

In Harrow, Frank Warren prospect Prince Patel boxed his way to a four round points win over David Koos. The outspoken flyweight, who has caused a stir with his brash antics since turning pro, fought in front of a largely empty room at the Leisure Centre to take his fledgling C.V to 3-0.

Patel was never in any danger against the 19 year-old previously undefeated Hungarian and took a predictably comfortable points win over four rounds.

At just 22, the southpaw has a long way to go until he can fulfill his own prophecy. Patel’s most recent stunt was to insult respected former world champion Barry Jones in his presence whilst being interviewed on the BoxNation couch by presenter Steve Bunce.