Boxing: Collins retains title

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The WBO super-middleweight champion, Steve Collins, retained his title in Millstreet, County Cork, last night when he stopped the challenger, Neville Brown, in the eleventh round of their contest. The referee stepped in shortly after the champion floored his opponent for the second time. Brown, from Burton-on-Trent, had been on the canvas in the first round, and received a standing count in the second. But in the third and fourth rounds he frequently troubled Collins with jabs and a powerful right cross. Brown sustained a cut to the right eye in the fifth round and thereafter tired badly. Collins sustained the pressure and the challenger was barely hanging on when the referee eventually stopped the fight.