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Tom Dallas loses to Charles Martin in first round knockout at Madison Square Garden in New York in WBO NABO title fight

By KentOnline reporter
Heavyweight boxer Tom Dallas Picture: Barry Goodwin
Heavyweight boxer Tom Dallas Picture: Barry Goodwin

Tom Dallas' American dream was over inside the first round in New York on Saturday.

Chatham heavyweight Dallas, who turned 30 on Thursday, was hoping to celebrate his birthday with a massive upset in the ring against Charles Martin.

Fighting at the world-famous Madison Square Garden venue, Dallas was bidding to win the WBO NABO title and inflict a first defeat on Martin.

But the fight went the way many expected with Dallas immediately troubled by Martin's longer reach.

The fifth professional defeat of Dallas' career came just before the end of the first round when the referee stepped in after a stunning left punch had the Chatham man struggling.

The fight was on the undercard of the world heavyweight bout between Wladimir Klitschko and Bryant Jennings, which Klitschko won on points after going the full 12 rounds.

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