Botile Stops Gedeon to Retain IBF Bantamweight Title
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Mbulelo Botile needed just one punch in the 11th round to stop Ancee Gedeon following the unbeaten IBF bantamweight champion’s relentless attack in the previous round.
``I’m glad I won. He was very strong,″ said the South African champion, who floored the Haitian challenger twice in the 10th round Tuesday night before ending the bout 35 seconds into the 11th.
Gedeon, the USBA champion, lay on the canvas for several minutes before he was helped to a stool. He later walked out of the ring on his own.
Botile, 23, who improved to 19-0, captured the belt in a surprising second-round knockout of Harold Mestre in April 1995. He won a 12-round decision over Sam Stewart in June and stopped Reynaldo Hurtado in November.
The fight appeared nearly even in the early rounds. In the ninth, Gedeon (14-8-1) was driven back for the first time by Botile’s harder blows, but still fired back, looping solid rights to the champion’s nose.
In 10-round bouts, junior welterweight ``Sucre″ Ray Oliviera of Fall River, Mass., outpointed Lyndon Paul Walker of Washington, D.C.; and former IBF junior featherweight champion Welcome Ncita outpointed Manny Santiago of Hartford, Conn.