Bell Stops Harmon in NABF/USBA Defense

20.12.03 - By Paul-John Ramos: 28-year-old OíNeil Bell kept his unified NABF and USBA cruiserweight titles with an eighth-round TKO of Derrick Harmon on Friday evening at the Ramada Inn in Rosemont, Illinois. The scheduled twelve-rounder was featured on ESPN2 Friday Night Fightsí concluding broadcast for 2003. Bell, 193, Atlanta, Georgia, overwhelmed the smaller Harmon, 189 Ĺ, Las Vegas Nevada, who was making his cruiserweight debut after a March TKO loss to Dariusz Michalczewski for the WBO light heavyweight title. Bell, a lifetime cruiserweight, repeatedly pinned Harmon against the ropes and landed numerous hard shots on the inside. Knockdowns were scored by Bell in the fourth and seventh rounds before a right-left-right combination in the eighth fiercely propelled Harmon off the ropes and onto the canvas. This third knockdown made Harmonís corner throw in the towel at 1:41. Bell improved to 22-1-1 (21) while Harmon fell to 23-5 (11).

Bell won his NABF title in January 2001 with a TKO of James Walton. His most recent wins have come against Arthur Williams to unify the NABF and vacant USBA straps, Kelvin Davis, and Harmon. A matchup between Bell and WBC strapholder Wayne Braithwaite is anticipated early next year.

Article posted on 20.12.2003

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