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Boxing News of Saturday, 29 August 2020


Today In Sports History: Azumah Nelson defends WBC featherweight title against Marcos Villasana

Azumah dominated from the start as he pursued and attacked in the early rounds Azumah dominated from the start as he pursued and attacked in the early rounds

On this day 29 August 1987 (Exactly 33 years ago today) Ghana’s Azumah Nelson successfully defended his WBC Featherweight title for the 6th time with unanimous decision over Marcos Villasana at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA.

The victory was Nelson’s second in 18 months over the Mexican challenger, having also won a majority decision in the first meeting.

It was only the second time Azumah had failed to stop a challenger. On both occasions Villasana was the opponent.

This fight, however, was even more convincing than Azumah’s majority decision over Villasana in February 1986. Azumah who improved his career record to 26 wins and one loss, did everything but put the challenger down.

Azumah dominated from the start as he pursued and attacked in the early rounds and then, certainly aware he was ahead on points adopted a dancing and jabbing stance towards the end.

Villasana was repeatedly warned not to hit the champion below the belt. Four times the fight was stopped as referee John Thomas warned Villasana and twice in the third and 11th rounds, points were taken away from him.

Harry Gibbs of Britain gave the fight to Azumah 117-111, Rudy Ortega scored it 117-110 and the fellow American Chuck Hasset saw it 118-108.

Azumah who had predicted a knockout in the sixth round, said afterwards he was not disappointed.

“If you can’t knock him out, you just do everything else that you can,” he said

“He took all the punches I had. These are the same punches that I’ve knocked other people out with. “

Bout Summary

Location: Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA

Referee: John Thomas

Judge: Chuck Hassett 118-108

Judge: Harry Gibbs 117-111

Judge: Rudy Ortega. 117-110

World Boxing Council Featherweight Title

Weights: Nelson 125½; Villasana 126


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