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Ghana's Adama wins in US

Former Ghanaian Olympian Osumanu Adama scored a notable victory when he beat veteran Angel Hernandez in Chicago on Saturday night.

Adama, who represented Ghana at the 2000 Olympics, won by two scores of 120-108 and one of 119-109 to claim the vacant IBO International middleweight title.

He improved his record to 18-2, with 14 knockouts. Hernandez dropped to 30-9; 17.

On the same card, junior middleweight David Estrada (25-6; 16) knocked out Franklin Gonzalez (13-7; 9) in the fifth round.

In a USBO cruiserweight title bout Carl Davis (15-3; 11) outpointed former world light-heavyweight champion Arthur Williams (47-6-1; 30) over ten rounds. The scores were 97-93 and two of 96-93.

In Belfast, Northern Ireland, John Simpson won the British featherweight title when he outpointed previously unbeaten Martin Lindsay at the King’s Hall. The scores were 116-113 on all three cards.

Paul Edwards won the British flyweight title when he beat Shinny Bayaar. The bout was stopped as a result of cuts after a clash of heads in the opening round.

Under current British Boxing Board of Control rules a fighter who is unable to continue loses the fight.

The rule is to be changed next month so that such an incident within the first four rounds will result in a no-contest. Had that rule already been in place, Bayaar would still be champion.

Edwards was fighting in only his eighth professional bout.

Light-heavyweight Tony Jefferies, a former Olympic bronze medallist, knocked out Tommy Tolan in the second round.


Buenos Aires: Luis Alberto Lazarte of Argentina retained his IBF light-flyweight title when he beat former IBF champion Ulises Solis from Mexico.

The bout was declared a majority draw: 113-113 on two cards and 117-109 for Solis.

The 39-year-old Lazarte (48-9-1; 18) had points deducted for hitting Solis (32-2-2; 21) behind the head.

Tijuana, Mexico: Local legend Erik Morales improved his record to 51-6, with 35 knockouts, when he beat Francisco Lorenzo (35-9; 16) of the Dominican Republic on points to retain his WBC silver light-welterweight belt.

Lorenzo, a late substitute, attacked the taller Morales throughout the fight but was knocked down in the fifth round by a grazing right to the head. Scores: Raul Caiz Sr 116-111, Raul Caiz Jr 114-113 and Zach Young 115-112. Alejandro Sanabria (26-1; 21) knocked out Sergio Lopez (12-3; 8) at 1:42 of the second round of a featherweight bout.

After an even first round, Sanabria stunned Lopez with a right hand and backed him up against the ropes. After a barrage of punches referee Juan Morales stopped the fight.

Kunming, China: Former WBC flyweight contender Xiong Zhao Zhong (15-3-1; 10) knocked out Pongpan Patanakan Gym (8-5-1; 7) in the fourth round to take the vacant IBF Pan Pacific junior flyweight title.

San Diego: Featherweight Ronny Rios (13-0; 6) beat Adolfo Landeros (20-17-1; 9) on points over eight rounds.


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