US junior welterweight boxer Aaron Pryor, returning from an wight-month layoff, retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF) title in a 15-round fight against Canadian Nicky Furlano on June 22.
1. GVs Pryor knocks down Nicky Furlano with right-hander (2 shots) 0.24
2. GVs Pryor knocks Furlano down again, Furlano takes mandatory count of eight and survives remainder of round (2 shots) 1.01
3. GVs Pryor attacking up to bell (3 shots) 1.31
4. GV Boxers continue to fight, bell rings, Pryor victory sign 1.49
5. SV PAN & SV Furlano on the ropes waiting for verdict, announcement comes that Pryor retains title (2 shots) 2.00
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Background: TORONTO, CANADA
US junior welterweight boxer Aaron Pryor, returning from an wight-month layoff, retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF) title in a 15-round fight against Canadian Nicky Furlano on June 22. Pryor knocked Furlano down twice in the first round with vicious left hooks, but 26-year-old Furlano courageously picked himself up and continued the fight. The Canadian, who weighted 140 pounds (63.5 kilos), is listed fifth in the IBF ranking but was never at threat to Pryor. Pryor, 28, and 139.5 pounds (63.2 kilos), remained unruffled when Furlano attacked strongly in the eighth, ninth and tenth rounds with tremendous flurries to Pryor's head and body. In the final round, Furlano tried desperately for a knockout. Pryor was awarded a unanimous points decision from the judges, leaving him undefeated in 35 fights, 32 by knockout. Furlano's consolidation was in being the first opponent to last the distance against Pryor since October 1977.
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