Andrew Cain eyes British title shot after returning with devastating knockout victory

Andrew Cain delivered a devastating knockout to stop Darwing Martinez and immediately set his sights on a British title shot.

After a 13-month absence from the ring, Cain, who was beaten by Ionut Baluta last time out, made his long-awaited return at the iconic York Hall on Saturday night. And it was like the 27-year-old had never been away. Starting the fight on the front foot, Cain landed a number of shots to both the body and head.

Following three impressive rounds, it was during round number four that the fight came to an abrupt end. After Cain feinted a jab, he then timed a perfect overhand right that sent Martinez flying to the canvas. Although the 26-year-old managed to get back to his feet, referee Keiran McCann correctly waved the contents off.

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“It is good to be back,” Cain said post-fight. “At the end of the day, it goes dark; well, it does for Darwing Martinez anyway."

Just last month, Ashley Lane realised a 'lifelong dream' to become the new British bantamweight champion with a sixth-round stoppage win over Chris Bourke. And Cain, who fights out of the Everton Red Triangle Gym under the guidance of Paul Stevenson, would love a crack at capturing Lane’s Lonsdale belt next.

“That’s the fight I need next,” he said. “Lane vs Cain has got a good ring to it. Hopefully, Frank can do his work.

“That's what we are all after [winning titles]. It has been a long time coming. I have been doing this since I was 11. It is a long old time.

“It is time to push on now. I love the British title; I have always loved it. A lot of fighters look down on it because we all want to be world champions, but I would love to fight for it.”