Brodie Retains European Title

Published July 2nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Michael Brodie of Britain retained his European super bantamweight title with a fourth-round win over Frenchman Mustafa Hame Saturday at Manchester, England. 

The 26-year-old almost saw his dream of a world title bid later this year go up in smoke as he was floored by a straight-left in the opening round. 

But Brodie recovered well to catch Hame, who had only won 18 of his previous 35 bouts, with some clean punches in the second. 

A low blow then had the challenger writhing in agony on the canvas in the third, with Brodie being deducted a point for the offence. 

But the incident failed to unsettle the champion as he followed up with a clinical left hook to the body in the next round, from which Hame never looked like getting up. 

It was a fifth defense of this belt for Brodie, who is now set to take on North American champion Willie Jorrin for the vacant WBC title in September - (AFP) 

 

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