Result: Towel thrown in as Darren Barker dislocates hip

Daniel Geale, left, from Australia is hit in the face by a left punch by Darren Barker of England in the third round during their IBF Middleweight Championship fight on August 17, 2013
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Darren Barker is stopped in the second round against Felix Sturm after dislocating his hip.

Darren Barker was stopped in the second round of his clash with Felix Sturm after dislocating his right hip.

The German had Barker on the canvas twice before the referee brought a halt to the fight after the towel was thrown in, with the Londoner clearly struggling.

Trainer Tony Sims revealed that his fighter had suffered the dislocation early on in the first and claimed that Barker may now contemplate retirement.

The Daily Mail quotes Sims as saying: "His hip went in the first round when he threw a right hand. In the second round he got clipped with a shot and it's completely gone on him.

"I was hoping it would be a muscle injury but when he went down the second time, I threw the towel in because he couldn't move.

"It's a disaster and I don't think you'll see him in the ring again."

Sturm reportedly offered Barker a rematch for the IBF middleweight title on home soil following the fight.

Darren Barker of England celebrates his split decision victory over Daniel Geale from Australia during their IBF Middleweight Championship fight on August 17, 2013
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