Harding Outpoints Telesco, Gomez Beaten By Alvarez, Ali Retains Title

12.02.05 - Eric Harding survived a furious onslaught by David Telesco over the closing rounds to win the USBA light heavyweight title Friday with a 12-round decision at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Harding won on all the judges' cards (117-111 twice and 115-113). Harding was able to stop a two-fight losing streak as he improves to 22-3-1, Telseco falls to 29-6-1 after suffering his second consecutive defeat..

Super-featherweight Michael Gomez was stopped on his feet in the sixth round of his contest against Argentinian Javier Alvarez at the MEN Arena. Alvarez, who had never boxed professionally outside his native South America, hurt the Manchester boxer in the fourth and fifth rounds before flooring him in the sixth. Referee Mickey Vann stopped the bout.

Laila Ali retained her Women's IBA super middleweight title Friday night with an eighth-round technical knockout of Cassandra Geiggar at Philips Arena. Leatitia Robinson (13-0, 9 KO), expected to be Ali's next opponent, retained her WIBA middleweight championship by knocking out Monica Nunez (9-3, 5 KO) at 36 seconds of the first round.

Article posted on 12.02.2005

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