Sporting Digest: Boxing

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CHRIS PYATT of Leicester lost his World Boxing Organisation middleweight title to Steve Collins of Dublin in Sheffield last night. The fight was stopped in the fifth round when Pyatt was unable to defend himself having been knocked down.

NASEEM HAMED, 20, became the youngest British holder of a European Boxing Union title since the war by comprehensively outscoring Italy's Vincenzo Belcastro in his home town of Sheffield last night.

PROFESSIONAL PROMOTION (Sheffield): 12-rd middleweight (for World Boxing Organisation title): S Collins (Dublin) bt C Pyatt (Leicester, holder) rsf 5th. 12-rd bantamweight (for European title): N Hamed (Sheffield) bt V Belcastro (Italy, holder) pts. 8- rd welterweight: D Bryan (Nottingham) bt P Lynch (Wal) pts. 8-rd heavyweight: C Mitchell (Derby) bt E Comargo (Bra) rsf 1st; 8-rd middleweight: Colin Manners (Leeds) bt Shaun Cummins (Leicester) rsf 6th.

PROFESSIONAL PROMOTION (Stevenage): 12-rd lightweight (for Commonwealth title): B Schwer (Luton, holder) bt H Grant (Can) rsf 9th. 6-rd cruiserweight: D Westover (Ilford) bt A Stacey (Leeds) pts. 8-rd welterweight: R Rowland (West Ham) bt J Eavis (Yeovil) rsf 4th. 6-rd light-heavyweight: S McDougall (Blackpool) bt M Wright (Stevenage) pts. 6-rd heavyweight: J A Bugner (St Ives) drew with Wayne Buck (Nottingham). 6- rd featherweight: M Bowers (Southampton) bt D Lynch (Swansea) rsf 2nd.