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Tarver fails to recapture title

LAS VEGAS — Chad Dawson successfully defended his IBF and IBO light heavyweight titles Saturday night, unanimously outpointing Antonio Tarver in a rematch of their October fight. Dawson (28-0, 17 knockouts) looked lackadaisical at times in fighting off several impressive combinations from the Tampa resident. But two judges scored it 117-111 while the other scored it 116-112. Unlike their bout in October, when Tarver was dominated in a 118-109, 117-110 and 117-110 loss, Saturday’s fight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino produced plenty of back-and-forth action from start to finish. Saturday marked the first time Tarver (27-6, 19 knockouts) lost a rematch. Previously, he avenged losses to Roy Jones, Glenn Johnson and Eric Harding. Tarver fought back more than in the first meeting, when he lost the title to Dawson. The 40-year-old was more active than the 26-year-old Dawson, throwing 749 punches to Dawson’s 677. Dawson still landed more however, 209 to 121. Information from the Las Vegas Sun contributed to this report.

Tarver fails to recapture title 05/09/09 [Last modified: Sunday, May 10, 2009 7:20am]
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