Walsh bags knockout bonus

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Ryan Walsh found some power shots in the ninth to stun Hairon Socarras and force the stoppage

Ryan Walsh found some power shots in the ninth to stun Hairon Socarras and force the stoppage

Ryan Walsh bagged a £5,000 knockout bonus after stopping Hairon Socarras in the Golden Contract quarter-finals at York Hall.

Walsh secured his spot in the semi-finals of the eight-man featherweight tournament after stopping the previously undefeated Cuban in the ninth round.

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Socarras targeted the body in the opener, slipping a hook from Walsh before switching from orthodox to southpaw.

The Cuban continued whipping in shots to the torso in the second, while tournament favourite and British champion Walsh replied with a crisp combination.

Walsh rocked Socarras with a solid punch and forced his opponent to hold after a determined assault in the third but the 26-year-old replied in the next round with a decent right hand.

A huge right hook left Socarras dazed in the fifth and a big left hand quickly followed, sending him staggering backwards onto the ropes with the referee ruling it as a knockdown.

The pair traded body thundering shots in the sixth and as the fight turned into a brutal battle referee Bob Williams warned both fighters to keep it clean.

Socarras had regained his composure by the seventh and tested Walsh with a heavy right hand, but the Norfolk fighter responded in the next round with some punishing hooks in a bid to reassert his authority.

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Walsh celebrates victory with his brothers after halting Socarras

Walsh celebrates victory with his brothers after halting Socarras

Walsh stunned Socarras with a right hand in the ninth before unleashing a barrage of unanswered blows which left Williams no choice but to wave off the fight on the 2:39 mark.

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