Wexford's Niall Kennedy lost his heavyweight contest with Alen Babic in Milton Keynes this evening.

The 35-year-old was stopped in the third round against the Croatian, who had previously won all four of his fights by knockout inside two rounds.

Kennedy was met with an onslaught from the up and coming Babic, but coped well with the barrage of punches that came his way from the first bell.

There were signs that the Garda, who has spent much of his career on the east coast of America, could trouble his opponent, returning some heavy shots and landing with relative ease, in particular to the body.

However a left hook in the second from Babic sent Kennedy to the canvas. Referee Ian John Lewis did not rule it a knockdown, although replays showed it was a clean hit.

It left Kennedy fatigued and struggling to return punches and early in the third he was floored by an onslaught of shots.

The Gorey man got to his feet but faced further punishment from Babic and the referee waved off the contest shortly after.

It means a second defeat for Kennedy in as many fights after losing to Devin Vargas 14 months ago.