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Guzman retains junior featherweight title

4/23/2005

HIDALGO, Texas -- Undefeated Joan Guzman of the Dominican
Republic was successful in what his likely his final defense of the
WBO junior featherweight title, taking a 12-round unanimous
decision over previously unbeaten Fernando Beltran of Mexico on
Friday night.
Guzman (23-0, 17 KOs) dominated the first seven rounds and then
fought off fatigue and a reinvigorated Beltran, winning on all of
the judges' cards 117-111, 116-112, 115-113.
Guzman, 28, weighed 121 pounds
There were no knockdowns during the bout which was fought
primarily in middle of the ring. Guzman landed jarring shots to the
head and body while Beltran used mainly jabs during the early
rounds and started connecting combinations late in the fight.
Beltran, 23, fell to 24-1-1 with 17 knockouts.
Guzman said he must now decide whether he will move up in weight
either to the 126-pound featherweight division or the 130-pound
superfeatherweight class.
On the undercard, undefeated lightweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.,
the son of the former champion with the same name, knocked out
Travis Hartman in the third round. Chavez improved to 18-0 with 13
KOs, while Hartman fell to 5-1-1.

Berrio stops Vanderpool in nine

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Alejandro Berrio withstood an early onslaught from Syd Vanderpool and then knocked out the super-middleweight contender in nine rounds Friday night.

Trailing on all three scorecards, Berrio, of Colombia, landed a solid right-left combination to the head and retreated, expecting a counterattack from Vanderpool. But Vanderpool dropped his hands and fell hard to the canvas and was counted out at 2:13 of the round, one less than the scheduled light-heavyweight bout's distance at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Vanderpool, of Kirchner, Ontario, remained on the canvas approximately three minutes as he was treated by ringside physicians and emergency medical personnel. He eventually sat on a corner stool and finally walked out of the ring.

The loss severely damages his bid at another super-middleweight title fight. Last year, 2000 U.S. Olympian Jeff Lacy defeated Vanderpool for the vacant IBF crown.

Midway through the second round, Vanderpool staggered Berrio
with a solid right to the head and pinned him on the ropes, where
he followed up with combinations to the head.

Vanderpool (35-4) continued to press the action in the third and
fourth rounds, with additional lefts to the head.
But in the fifth, Berrio (24-3, 22 KOs) stunned Vanderpool with
a left uppercut near the ropes. Berrio landed additional shots to
the head during the round, eventually causing bleeding from
Vanderpool's nose. Vanderpool continued to bleed from the nose the
duration of the fight.
In the seventh, Berrio scored the first of his two knockdowns
when he floored Vanderpool with a right to the head. But Vanderpool
fought back and connected lefts to the head late in the round.
Berrio weighed 169 pounds, two pounds less than Vanderpool.