Arnfield in round five stoppage victory (with fight video)

Arnfield - back with a win
Arnfield - back with a win
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Over Wyre boxer Jack Arnfield made it 20 professional wins with a fifth round stoppage of Alistair Warren at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on Saturday night.

Arnfield stepped up the tempo in no uncertain fashion in that session, trapping his Huddersfield opponent on the ropes and giving him little or no respite.

Warren was taking a good deal of punches to all parts of the body with little or nothing coming by way of return.

Because of that Fleetwood star referee Steve Gray had seen enough, rescuing Warren after two minutes, 16 seconds of the round.

It was an excellent finish, but there were still areas where Arnfield needed to improve and at times he got into close exchanges with his rival in what was billed as a super-middleqweight class.

Arnfield began the scheduled eight-rounder like a house on fire and it was almost impossible to quantify the amount of leather he unleashed in the opening session.

He was not quite so intensive in round two, but was busy again.

The third was much closer and on occasions Warren did get through.

The fourth saw the least impressive action, though Arnfield, from Stalmine but announced as a Blackpool boxer, certainly made up for it in the fateful fifth round.

Warren had already shown signs of tiring by the time that Arnfield got into full flow and finished the job in no-nonsense style.

It was Arnfield's first fight since November when he put a brave show to take champion Nick Blackwell to the full 12 rounds, only to lose the verdict in the short-notice bout on a points verdict with the British middleweight title at stake.