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Gonzalez Beats Page in Bout

November 15, 1999

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Jorge Luis Gonzalez outpointed former champion Greg Page in a 10-round heavyweight bout Sunday, scoring a unanimous decision that got a mixed reaction from the crowd.

Many thought Page, a late replacement for Jameel McCline, won because he threw more punches and was more aggressive.

But Gonzalez, 35, finished with a flurry in the 10th round.

``My patience won the fight,″ said Gonzalez, who improved to 30-5. ``This guy waited for me _ he was making me crazy. He tried to counterpunch.″

Judge Paul Weitzel scored the fight 96-95, while Greg Baker and Bob Flammey had it 98-92.

``I won the fight,″ said Page, 41. ``I’m a warrior. I’ve had zero rounds of boxing since June and I went all 10 rounds.″

Page hadn’t trained since June, when he beat TKO’d Tim Witherspoon, a former world champion who knocked Gonzalez out in 1996.

``I don’t have anything to gripe about,″ Page said. ``I know I won the war but lost the battle.″

Gonzalez, who at 6-foot-7 is six inches taller than Page, did some damage in the fourth round, connecting with a rare right hand that puffed up Page’s left eye. He then knocked Page down in the fifth.

But Page consistently hit Gonzalez with a strong left jab, wowing the crowd in third round and staying toe-to-toe with him in the late rounds. Gonzalez connected with a right in the ninth round, sending Page to the ropes, where he bobbed around several punches before the bell.

Page connected with a right hand in the 10th round that buckled Gonzalez’s knees, setting off the late flurry before the final bell.

In other action, John John Molina decisioned Manuel Garnica in a welterweight bout and lightweight Margaret MacGregor defeated Cheryl Nance.

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