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Benn vs Formella: Alen Babic blasts out Tom Little to reinforce his savage reputation

Alen Babic toppled Tom Little twice in another brutal knockout win as the Croatian contender continued the blistering start to his heavyweight career.

Babic brought up the sixth straight stoppage of his career as he overwhelmed Little with relentless aggression in the third round at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

Hammering in hooks, ‘The Savage’ hunted another early stoppage from the opening bell as Little tried to answer with sharp counters.

Babic came charging out in the second round, swinging in spiteful shots as Little roared his defiance, but the Hatfield man’s resistance was broken in the third.

Little toppled to the canvas after a ferocious cluster of punches, and Babic sensed the end was near, unloading another powerful barrage that dropped his opponent by the ropes, prompting the referee to wave it off.

Meanwhile, Jez Smith sealed a shutout points win to end the unbeaten record of middleweight rival Ben Ridings.

The superior experience of Smith showed from the opening bell as he outworked the rugged Ridings to earn a 60-54 verdict after six rounds from referee Robert Williams.

Liam Davies secured the English bantamweight belt with a stylish stoppage victory over Sean Cairns.

The undefeated 24-year-old caught Cairns regularly with straight right hands, forcing the Liverpudlian’s corner to call a halt.

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