Sport in Short: Boxing

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BILLY HARDY took the vacant Commonwealth featherweight title when he stopped Australia's Rick Rayner in the 10th round in Sunderland last night.

PROFESSIONAL PROMOTION (Sunderland): 12-rd vacant Commonwealth featherweight championship: Billy Hardy (Sunderland) bt Ricky Rayner (Aus) rsf 10th. 10-rd light-welterweight: Andy Holligan (Liverpool) bt Dwayne Swift (US) pts. 6-rd bantamweight: Prince Naseem Hamed (Sheffield) bt Des Gargano (Manchester) rsf 4th.

PROFESSIONAL PROMOTION (Barry): 10-rd super-featherweight: S Robinson (Cardiff) bt E Lloyd (Rhyl) ret 8th. 6-rd welterweight: M Smyth (Barry) bt D Lake (London) ko 2nd. 6-rd lightweight: J Williams (Pontypool) bt K McKillan (Manchester) pts. 6-rd middleweight: R Price (Swansea) bt S Thomas (Merthyr Tydfil) pts. 6-rd light-heavyweight: K Munford (Hengoed) bt C Beck (Swansea) pts.

WALLY SWIFT, whose right wrist has been in plaster since he lost the British light-middleweight title to Andy Till last month, has a bad sprain not a fracture.