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Darren Barker stopped by champion Sergio Martinez

WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez stops Darren Barker in the 11th round of their clash in Atlantic City.

Darren Barker's bid for World honours was halted by Sergio Martinez after the Argentinean stopped the Barnet boxer in the 11th round of the fight in Atlantic City.

The European Champion's 23-fight unbeaten run was ended by the 36-year-old, whose right hook in the penultimate round felled the challenger, who could not recover and was counted out.

Barker started promisingly and was arguably ahead on points midway through the fight, but the champion came back strongly.

"I wasn't frustrated at all, it was a good job by Barker," Martinez said after the fight.

"I had to neutralise his attack, I had to break him down."

However two right hands in the 10th round rocked Barker and the right hook in the 11th ended the contest.

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