Brace wins European title in Cardiff and targets Adams

Ashley Brace action pic from the Xenia Jorneac fight as she throws a punch and her opponent covers up

Wales' Ashley Brace defeated Germany's Xenia Jorneac to win the vacant European super-flyweight championship.

Brace drew her last fight against Melania Sorroche at bantamweight, but she was impressive in this one and won by a wide margin on the scorecards.

Brace is now targeting a fight with double Olympic champion Nicola Adams.

On the undercard Liam Williams returned to action after defeats to Liam Smith by becoming the first fighter to stop journeyman Darryl Sharp.

'A fantastic feeling'

Brace's first title was won routinely compared to the drama in the Sorroche fight with the Welsh boxer now looking for a chance to fight Adams.

"Winning the title is just absolutely fantastic, it is an unbelievable feeling," Brace told S4C after the fight.

"It has been in the press, I've gone down in weight and Nicola Adams happens to be at this weight," Brace said.

"It is a fight I have wanted since 2014. Not because I don't like her as a person, I don't know her, but because I want to see who the best (boxer) is."

Williams returns

Williams has not competed since losing a world title eliminator against Smith in Newcastle in November.

Williams' scheduled opponent Anatoli Humanyan failed to arrive for the show and was replaced by Sharp, who came into the contest with only five wins from 37 fights.

However, the third round stoppage at Ice Arena Wales was the first time in Sharp's career he had lost inside the distance.

Elsewhere on the undercard Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans advanced to 4-0 by defeating William Warburton on points over four rounds and Jacob Robinson, son of former world champion Steve Robinson, moved to 2-0 on points against Jamie Quinn.

Former Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce will retire after losing for the 25th time in his career against Kieran Gething. There were also wins for prospects Gavin Gwyne and Nathan Thorley.