Undefeated Pascal gets past Pittman on decision

1/11/2008 - Boxing

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Undefeated Jean Pascal survived a
late-round scare to unanimously outpoint Omar Pittman in a
super-middleweight fight Friday night.

Trailing on the scorecards and with his right eye nearly shut,
Pittman landed a solid left hook to the head that put Pascal in
trouble in the seventh. Pascal clinched and retreated and Pittman
scored with a right to the head in the final seconds.

In the opening seconds of the eighth, Pittman again hurt Pascal
with a lead left to the head. But Pittman, from Philadelphia,
failed to follow with sufficient shots to hurt Pascal until a
counter right to the head at the end of the round.

In the final two rounds, Pascal again utilized the lead left
that enabled him to build a huge lead in the early rounds.

Two judges scored the bout 98-91, and the third had it winning,

Pascal, a native of Haiti who represented Canada in the 2004
Olympics, improved to 21-0, while Pittman dropped to 15-4-1.

In another bout, super-middleweight contender Edison Miranda
stopped David Banks in the third round. Miranda (31-2) caught Banks
(15-4-1) with a punishing right to the head, which sent Banks
through the ropes and nearly into the officials table.

Banks struggled to reach his feet while he dangled in the ropes
and failed to beat referee Frank Santore's count, ending the fight
at 1:15 of the round.