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Morel Retains WBA Flyweight Title

December 16, 2000

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Eric Morel successfully defended his WBA flyweight title Friday night, outpointing Mexico’s Gilberto Keb in a unanimous decision.

Morel, a native of Puerto Rico who lives in Madison, improved to 29-0.

``It’s another decision,″ Morel said. ``I’m happy with it. I don’t feel great about it. I wanted a fourth-round knockout.″

It looked like Morel might get the knockout, especially after he knocked down Keb (17-7-1) in the second round with a short right hand to the temple.

``I thought we’d have it closed out by the third round, but it just didn’t work out,″ said Bob Lynch, Morel’s manager and trainer. ``So Eric got back in the gear that he handles well, moving and boxing, although he was hit by this young man tonight more than he usually is by anyone.″

Judge James Boll scored it 117-110, Guillermo Perez of Panama had it 116-111, and Samuel Conde of Puerto Rico called it 117-109.

On the undercard, Cory Spinks of St. Louis outpointed Mexico’s Luis Tyson Vasquez in a 10-round welterweight fight. Spinks (25-1) is the youngest son of former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks.

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