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Lewis changes Fortune for worse

Former WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, "keeping busy" while waiting for a title fight, stopped Australian Justin Fortune in the fourth round Sunday.

After trainer Emmanuel Steward told him to pick up the pace, Lewis came out in the fourth with a flurry of punches.

A powerful right to Fortune's head rocked the Aussie. While Fortune was stumbling, three brutal right uppercuts sent him against the ropes and onto the canvas, and the referee stopped the bout.

Desperate for a chance to regain the title he lost to Oliver McCall in two rounds at London last September, Lewis' manager Frank Maloney said he expected him to have a championship fight before October, with McCall's WBC belt the top priority.

This was the Englishman's second fight since his loss to McCall. While he was criticized for fighting a mismatch like this, Lewis stressed he needed the work and to build on his relationship with his new trainer Steward.

Lewis (27-1, 23 KOs) used his advantages of nearly 30 pounds and 8 inches in height, as well as his experience, to taunt Fortune (11-3-1, seven KOs) with a series of jabs and straight rights.

Tapia downs Johnson: Johnny Tapia improved to 30-0-2 with a majority decision over Arthur Johnson in defense of his WBO super flyweight title in Albuquerque, N. M.

Tapia's third successful defense came just a week before he is scheduled to be arraigned on assault charges in connection with a June 7 incident in which he allegedly pointed a gun at his wife, Teresa.