Arnfield is new middleweight champion (watch fight video)

Arnfield celebrates his big win

Arnfield celebrates his big win

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Stalmine boxer Jack Arnfield won his first major title with a 12-round points win over John Ryder at the Manchester Arena

In taking the World Boxing Association international middleweight championship from holder John Ryder, Arnfield joined the growing array of Fylde Coast boxing champions.

He got the verdict in a hard-to-call encounter on the cards of all the three judges.

One had it 115-114, another 117-114, while a third had it by a landslide 118-110.

That final figure hardly made sense, but Arnfield was not complaining and was just celebrating this hard-earned win, which will be a massive boost to his career.

He may now defend the belt again or there is a chance he could be in line for a shot at the British belt.