Oliver outpoints Carrera for junior featherweight belt

Updated: October 29, 2006, 7:42 AM ET
Associated Press

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Fourth-ranked Mike Oliver used superior hand speed to unanimously outpoint No. 3 Adam Carrera Saturday night for the United States Boxing Association's vacant junior featherweight title.

Oliver, of Hartford, Conn., improved to 17-0 while Carrera, of Cathedral City, Calif., fell to 18-2.

The fight was scored 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112 for Oliver. There were no knockdowns.

The 26-year-old Oliver used a consistent jab to take control early in the fight at the Mohegan Sun Arena. His best round was the ninth, when he landed a crisp right to Carrera's jaw and followed up with a combination that had his opponent reeling as the bell sounded.

Oliver continued with a barrage of punches in the 10th round, but could not stop the 24-year-old Carrera. The bout marked the first time either fighter had gone 12 rounds.

It was Carrera's first professional fight outside California. Oliver, who fought for the fifth time in four months, has unanimously outpointed his last four opponents.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press