Bailey beats Arroyo in unanimous decision

Updated: March 25, 2006, 2:21 AM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Former WBO junior welterweight champion Randall Bailey won a lopsided unanimous decision over Costa Rica's Lenin Arroyo on Friday night.

Bailey's speed and power shots frustrated Arroyo throughout the eight-round welterweight bout at Miccosukee Indian Gaming.

Early in the second, Bailey (30-5) floored Arroyo with a right to the head for the fight's only knockdown. Bailey also had Arroyo in trouble late in the round, when he caught him with unanswered combinations to the head near the ropes.

A game Arroyo used brawling tactics seeking to frustrate Bailey but Bailey continued to use his distance in the following rounds and peppered Arroyo with right uppercuts and straight rights to the head.

The accumulation of shots showed on Arroyo's face in the final two rounds. Arroyo (15-4-1) bled from the nose and his left eye was nearly shut.

With a seemingly convincing lead, Bailey stayed away from a charging Arroyo in the final round.

All three judges scored the bout for Bailey, 77-74, 78-73 and 79-72.

Bailey, of Miami, originally was scheduled to fight at Miccosukee on Jan. 27 but collapsed in his dressing from dehydration minutes before a bout against Colombia's Antonio Pitalua.

Bailey and Arroyo both weighed in at 142 pounds.


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