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Boxing | International

Oliver McCall, 48, wins his 70th



Former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall has won the 70th fight of his professional career.

The 48-year-old American beat Marcin Rekowski on a split decision in Opole, Poland, at the weekend to record his 57th victory. After nearly 29 years he has a record that includes 13 defeats and 37 wins inside the distance.

He won 77-75 on two cards after knowing Rekowski down in the third round. This other judge had Rekowski the winner by 76-75. The Pole’s record dropped to 12-1, with 10 knockouts.

McCall, whose first professional fight was in 1985, stopped Lennox Lewis in the second round to win the WBC title in 1994. He retained it against Larry Holmes and lost it to Frank Bruno.

Another veteran, 40-year-old former British heavyweight champion Danny Williams, failed to turn the clock back on the same card, losing in his 66th bout as a professional.

Andrzej Wawrzyk stopped him in the first round. Williams’s record dropped to 45-21, including 34 knockouts. Wawrzyk’s improved to 28-1; 14.

Williams made his debut in 1995 and knocked out Mike Tyson in 2003 before losing to Vitali Klitschko in his next fight.

One of the new generation of heavyweights, 2012 Olympic Games champion Antony Joshua, won his fourth professional bout at the weekend. He stopped Dorian Darch in the second round in a tournament in Cardiff.

Joshua improved to 4-0; all inside the distance. Darch dropped to 7-3; 1.

In the main bout, British featherweight champion Lee Selby improved to 18-1; 7 and retained his title by stopping Rendall Munroe (27-4-1) in the sixth round. Selby also won the vacant European title.

In a lightweight bout, Gary Buckland (28-3; 9) beat Gavin Rees (37-4-1; 18) on a split decision over 12 rounds.

Another London Olympics boxer, super-lightweight Jose Ramirez, remained undefeated after eight professional bouts when he stopped Javier Perez in the first round in Laredo, Texas, at the weekend. Ramirez has won six inside the distance. Perez dropped to 8-7; 5.

Middleweight Gilberto Ramirez remained unbeaten after 27 fights and recorded his 21st knockout when he beat Don Mouton in the first round. Ramirez is third on the WBC rankings list. Mouton now stands at 12-9-1; 10.

Welterweight Alex Saucedo also stayed undefeated, moving to 12-0; 9 when he knocked out Francisco Reza (12-10; 9) after 2 minutes and 10 seconds.

Lightweights Roberto Marroquin (23-3-1; 16) and Alejandro Rodriguez (18-13-1; 11) drew over eight rounds – 76-76 on each of the cards.

In Brooklyn, New York, former WBC welterweight champion Luis Collazo knocked out Victor Ortiz in the second round to improve to 35-5, with 18 knockouts. Ortiz dropped to 29-5-2; 22.

In Morgantown, West Virginia, light-heavyweight Tommy Karpency beat Rayco Saunders on points over six rounds, taking his record to 22-4-1; 14. Saunders dropped to 23-22; 10. The scores were 60-54 on all three cards.

In Frederikhavn, Denmark, former European cruiserweight champion Mateusz Masternak knocked out Sandro Siproshvili in the fourth round. His record now stands at 31-1, with 23 knockouts. Siproshvili dropped to 27-18; 13.

In Chester, Pennsylvania, Anthony Caputo Smith beat Tony Ferrante on a split decision – 95-94 on two cards and 94-95 – to win the vacant Pennsylvania State cruiserweight title.

Smith, who improved to 15-2, with 10 knockouts, was knocked down before fighting back to defeat Ferrante (12-5; 7).

Lightweight Naim Nelson (11-0; 1) beat Chris Steele (4-8-2; 2) on a split decision over eight rounds. Two judges favoured Nelson, 79-73 and 78-74, and the other one had it 77-75 for Steele.



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