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Medina Wins 5th World Title Over Harrison

July 12, 2003

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) _ Mexico’s Manuel Medina won his fifth world featherweight title Saturday night by outpointing WBO champion Scott Harrison in a 12-round fight.

Medina was the winner on two judges’ scorecards, 118-113 and 116-112, while the third judge scored it 115-113 in favor of Harrison.

Medina, who held the IBF title on three occasions and won the WBC title once, dropped to his knees in celebration when the decision was announced.

The 32-year-old Medina, who turned pro at 14, improved his record to 62-13. Harrison, a Scot making his second title defense, fell to 19-2-1.

There were no knockdowns, though both fighters were staggered on different occasions.

Medina, using his longer reach effectively, bruised Harrison’s eye early in the fight and later cut him above the eye.

Harrison rocked Medina twice in the fifth round, but the Mexican recovered and landed several big right hands to the head. Harrison had the crowd on its feet near the end of the sixth round when he hit Medina with a crunching right to the face. But Medina shook it off and dominated the rest of the way.

``I thought it was a close fight,″ Harrison said. ``He was just like a skillet. He was slippery. The sharpness wasn’t there. The guy put up a good fight.″

Medina lost to Juan Manuel Marquez for the vacant IBF title in February. He had lost two previous fights in the British Isles. He lost the IBF belt to Paul Ingle in Hull, England, four years ago and was stopped by Naseem Hamed in Dublin, Ireland, in 1996.

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