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Quartey Wins Despite Knockdown

October 18, 1997

LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) _ Ike Quartey never had a doubt about retaining the WBA welterweight title. Not even when he was floored in the 11th round.

``He caught me with a good punch, but never did I think I would lose the fight,″ said Quartey, who survived the knockdown to win a majority decision over Jose Luis Lopez on Friday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Quartey of Ghana, who improved to 35-0, also took a standing eight count in the second round. But he dominated the rest of the fight against Lopez (39-4-1) with a crisp jab, keeping his Mexican opponent off balance.

Two judges scored the fight for Quartey, 115-114 and 116-112. The third judge called it a draw.

In the co-feature, former world champion Pernell Whitaker won a unanimous decision over Andrei Pestriaev in a welterweight bout.

Two judges scored it 114-113 and the other had it 115-112 for Whitaker (41-2-1), who has held four championship belts. The victory could lead to another title bout for Whitaker, who lost the WBC welterweight title to Oscar De La Hoya on April 12.

Upset by the scoring, Pestriaev’s promoter Michel Acaries went after Whitaker’s trainer, Lou Duva, in the ring at the end of the bout. The two were separated and order was quickly restored.

Whitaker, who says he will fight once in December and once in 1998 before retiring, was unhappy with referee Jim Santa.

``It was like fighting two guys, the referee and my opponent,″ Whitaker said. ``The referee wasn’t taking control of the fight. But I had the most fun out there than I’ve had in a long time.″

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