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Bradley Retains WBO Middleweight Title

February 7, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ Lonnie Bradley of New York retained his WBO middleweight title on Tuesday night, knocking out Randy Smith of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., at 2:03 of the second round.

Bradley, who improved to 23-0 with 19 knockouts, finished Smith with a right uppercut that dropped the challenger on his face. Referee Sandy Viruet didn’t bother counting, waving his arms to show the scheduled 12-rounder was over.

It was the second defense of the title which Bradley won on May 19, 1995, when he stopped previously unbeaten David Mendez in the 12th round.

``My biggest problem is getting fighters to get in the ring with me,″ said the 27-year-old Bradley.

Smith was in trouble early. Bradley backed him into a corner and opened a cut over his left eye in the first round, then connected with a left-right combination early in the second round that dropped him to the canvas. Smith took an eight-count but Bradley was all over him when the fight resumed and it was soon over.

Smith, who dropped to 16-2-3, was on the canvas about three minutes before he got back on his feet and returned to his corner.

``I knew he was trying to stick around and I wanted to get some head shots,″ Bradley said. ``My strategy was to box and jab and see where it goes. He (Smith) was durable and he just kept leaving his head open and I got him with the right uppercut and he went straight down.″

Also on the card, Alex Stewart, 231, of New York, knocked out Bryant Smith, 215, of Rochester, N.Y., at 2:19 of the sixth round of a scheduled 10-round heavyweight fight. Stewart is 39-5 with 38 knockouts and Smith is 6-4.

Edelmiro Martinez, 135, of Hillside, N.J., improved to 14-0 with his fifth knockout when he stopped Gilberto Espinal, 135 1/2, of the Dominican Republic, at 39 seconds of the fifth round of a scheduled 10-rounder. Espinal is 9-2.

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