Wednesday, October 16, 1996 Championship news... Robin Reid, 21-0-1, 16 kos, of Cheshire, ENG, won the world super middleweight championship with a seventh round knockout victory against defending champion Vincenzo Nardiello, 30-6, 17 kos. Nardiello, making his first defense since winning the title on July 6, was ahead on the scorecards when Reid rallied to score a knockdown and cut Nardiello in the fifth round. Nardiello showed his resilience and was effective in the sixth round, but Reid scored two more knockdowns with body punches to end the fight in the seventh round. (10-12-96 Rome) Super flyweight world champion Hiroshi Kawashima, 20-2-1, 14 kos, successfully defended the title for the sixth time against Domingo Sosa, 27-5, 19 kos. Sosa started the fight aggressively, but Kawashima soon took control and stopped Sosa with a barrage of punches at 2:15 of the second round. (10-12-96 Tokyo) For the record: welterweight world champion Pernell Whitaker, 39-1-1, 16 kos, defeated No. 1 ranked challenger Wilfredo Rivera, 23- 2-1, 14 kos, by unanimous decision, scored 115-111, 115-113, 113-112. (9-20-96 Miami) Upcoming fights... October 19 Upper Marlboro, MD Middleweight World Championship Champion Keith Holmes (29-1, 19 kos) vs Richie Woodhall (21-0, 13 kos). October 19 Bangkok Light Flyweight World Championship Champion Saman Sorjaturong (32-2-1, 26 kos) vs Ali Galvez (36-9, 6 kos). October 25 Buenos Aires Cruiserweight World Championship Champion Marcelo Dominguez (20-1-1, 11 kos) vs Ezequiel Paixao (24-5, 19 kos) November 2 Fukuoka, Japan Featherweight World Title Champion Luisito Espinoza (39-7, 20 kos) vs Nobutoshi Hiranaka (16-1, 10 kos) November 9 Las Vegas Strawweight World Championship Champion Ricardo Lopez (42-0, 32 kos) vs TBA November 12 Dakar, Senegal Lightweight World Championship Champion Jean Baptiste Mendy (49-5-2, 30 kos) vs Steve Johnston (19-0,13 kos) Promoters plan a January date for the postponed title defense by super lightweight world champion Oscar De La Hoya against No. 1 ranked official challenger Miguel Angel Gonzalez. Daniel Zaragoza's planned super bantamweight title defense against bantamweight world champion Wayne McCullough has also been postponed until January. International title news... International heavyweight champion David Tua, 25-0, 21 kos, who was very impressive on September 20, is scheduled to next defend his title on December 13 against David Izonritei, 18-1, 16 kos, in Ledyard, CT.
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