Oliver wins junior featherweight title eliminator fight

Updated: July 19, 2007, 2:19 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Mike Oliver won a unanimous decision over Cruz Carvajal in an International Boxing Federation junior featherweight title eliminator Wednesday night.

Don O'Neil scored the fight 118-111, Bob McCoy and Ray Delicio had it 118-110 for Oliver (20-0), of Hartford, Conn.

Carvajal, of Veracruz, Mexico, fell to 28-14-2.

Oliver landed more punches in the first six rounds, though Carvajal hit him often enough to cause swelling around Oliver's right eye. There were no knockdowns.

"I saw him on tape and he looked slow," Oliver said. "I hit him with everything I wanted to hit him with. I was in shape so my eye didn't affect me."

Both fighters weighed in at 122 pounds. Oliver entered ranked eighth by the IBF, while Carvajal was ninth. Steve Molitor of Canada is the IBF champion.

Oliver holds the U.S. Boxing Association junior featherweight title, which was not at stake in the bout.


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