Martin Murray stopped Jorge Navarro at the Manchester Arena
Last Updated: 24/11/12 9:47pm
Martin Murray: Made a statement with a sixth round stoppage of Jorge Navarro
St Helens fighter Martin Murray stopped Jorge Navarro to boost his world title hopes at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night.
Fighting on the undercard of Ricky Hatton's comeback, undefeated Murray dominated from the off, dropping the Venezuelan with a right in the first round.
The previously undefeated Navarro was sent to the canvass again in the sixth round, before getting up and suffering more punishment and the referee rightly stopped the fight soon afterwards.
Murray claimed the interim WBA world middleweight title with the victory - his second since his draw against Felix Sturm last December in their middleweight world title fight.
In other action, Scott Quigg beat Rendall Munroe with a sixth round stoppage to also keep his undefeated record and claim the interim WBA world super bantamweight title.
The pair's previous bout in Manchester in June was declared a technical draw following an accidental clash of heads in round three which caused a gash along the length of Munroe's right eyebrow requiring nine stitches.
This time Quigg, the British and WBA Inter-Continental super bantamweight title holder, put Munroe to the canvas in the sixth round with a left hook to the body.
While the Leicester fighter managed to get to his feet, he returned to the canvas soon afterwards after a flurry of shots from Quigg and the referee stopped the fight.
It was the first time the 32-year-old Munroe had been stopped and Quigg believes he can fight at world level in the future, but he would not be drawn as regards his next opponent.
He said: "There's some very good fighters out there but I believe I can mix with them, whether it's in six months, 18 months I want to get there and when I challenge I want to beat them - that performance shows that I'm on the right path."
Cardiff's Gary Buckland retained his British super featherweight title after Stephen Foster jnr failed to come out from his corner for the ninth round.
Sergey Rabchenko also made a successful first defence of his European light middleweight title against Cedric Vitu with a spilt decision win.