The World bantamweight boxing champion, Carlos Zarate of Mexico, retained his title when he beat Australian challenger Paul Ferreri in Los Angeles in the United States on Saturday.
GV Start of bout with Paul Ferreri (Australia) in light waist band fighting Carlos Zarate (Mexico)
SV Zarate pinning Ferreri on ropes and attacking him with punches to head, and referee inspecting cuts on Ferreri's eyes and doctor consulted (round eight)
SV Ringside spectators
SV Fight continues in 12th round with Ferreri receiving several punches as crowd look on (2 shots)
SV Referee stops fight and awards bout to Zarate
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Background: The World bantamweight boxing champion, Carlos Zarate of Mexico, retained his title when he beat Australian challenger Paul Ferreri in Los Angeles in the United States on Saturday.
SYNOPSIS: The fight was stopped in the 12th round. But until then, Ferreri, in the light waist band, put up a determined challenge. Zarate has a formidable boxing record - he had 41 victories and no defeats, winning forty fights by knockouts. But failed when he tried to smash the Australian to the canvas. Ferreri began having trouble with cuts above his eyes in the eighth round and it was those cuts which finally forced the referee to call the fight off.
The boxing fans saw Ferreri keep Zarate off step by dashing out from the ropes and clipping his face. It stopped the champion knocking him out, but zarate countered this by landing a series of solid body-blows on Ferreri early in the match. Ferreri's return punches were soon badly weakened.
Ferreri's cuts opened again in the 12th round and the referee stopped the match. Later the Australian's manager claimed Ferreri could have continued, but this was disputed by doctors.