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Tate Retains Middleweight Title

October 3, 1998

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Thomas Tate retained his North American Boxing Federation super middleweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision over Demetrius Davis on Friday night.

Tate, of Newport News, Va., improved his record to 35-5. Davis, of Houston, fell to 17-11.

Tate was ahead on all the judges’ cards _ 116-112, 116-112 and 117-111.

In an eight-round lightweight bout, Gerald Gray of New York won a split decision over Billy Irwin of Toronto.

Gray improved his record to 17-4-1, while Irwin fell to 23-3.

Irwin started slowly before staging a late comeback.

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