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Boxing | Stoppage wins for Conlan, Frampton and Donovan

Michael Conlan, Carl Frampton and Paddy Donovan have all produced stoppage victories at York Hall0

Belfast boxers Conlan and Frampton, who both appeared on the same card behind closed doors at York Hall, won their respective fights by TKO to remain on course for world title fights.

It took Limerick prospect Donovan, who has Andy Lee in his corner, just 91 seconds to dispose of opponent Des Newton as he extended his perfect professional record to four wins.

Things were less straightforward for Conlan (14-0, 8 KOs), who stopped Sofiane Takoucht in the final round; the referee intervening after a relentless barrage of blows from the Irish fighter.

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Conlan's performance was an impressive one, but the 28-year-old put himself in danger of disqualification after a multitude of low blows on the Frenchman

Referee Steve Gray deducted two points from Conlan for low blows, but the former Olympian remained in control of the fight before his late eye-catching stoppage.

It extends Conlan's winning record to 14 wins from 14 professional fights, and the Belfast native will now be targeting the WBO junior featherweight title.

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Frampton also took a step closer to a world title bout against WBO super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring after producing an eighth-round stoppage against Darren Traynor, with Herring even tweeting his support for 'The Jackal' throughout the fight.

Frampton, fighting for just the third time in many years, took a while to find his groove against the durable Traynor, who was a late replacement for Frampton's original opponent

'The Jackal' dropped Traynor with a body shot in the sixth, before another crippling punch to the body in the seventh caused the Scotsman to give up.

"It was far from my best, but it's not going to harm me to do the rounds," Frampton said afterwards.

"If I had the chance to take him out in the first round I would, but his rounds were good. I had to make sure complacency didn't creep in and it was a potential banana skin."

Frampton will likely face American Herring later this year, provided Herring defeats Jonathan Oquendo next month.

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