Boxing: Haye ready for better things after quick win

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The Independent Online

It took David Haye only 2min 5sec to improve his record to six wins but Ghana's Charles Adamu and Matthew Barney took the full 12 rounds over a very poor title fight at York Hall, east London last night .

Haye is only 22 but he has already established himself as one of the world's élite talents and last night he was simply too sharp for the veteran Greg Scott-Briggs, who collapsed twice from a variety of punches but was surprisingly brave. Haye has now stopped all six of the men he has beaten and he is looking increasingly like a fighter that is ready to challenge for something meaningful.

The nominal main event was a tedious fiasco and in many ways the referee, the usually reliable Terry O'Connor, did not stamp his authority on the fight.

Barney, the British super-middleweight champion, and Adamu never turned into anything resembling a boxing match. The Ghanaian did at least try to win the vacant Commonwealth super-middleweight title but Barney was content to hold in a maul that justly went Adamu's way.

Barney can now get on with defending his British title, possibly against the unbeaten Carl Froch before Christmas in a fight that would attract a lot of attention in Froch's hometown of Nottingham.

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