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Miller Beats LaSpada for WBA Cruiserwight Title

March 24, 1996

MIAMI (AP) _ Nate Miller defended his World Boxing Association cruiserweight title Saturday night, stopping Brian LaSpada in the ninth round.

Miller, from Philadelphia, overpowered LaSpada in his second title defense. The fight’s end came when LaSpada’s left eye was too bloodied, forcing referee Bill Connors to stop the bout on the ring physician’s advice at 56 seconds into the ninth.

Miller’s dominance began soon after Connors’ instructions. A minute into the fight, Miller floored LaSpada with a right to the head.

Although he controlled the fight’s early rounds with lead lefts and combinations, Miller sustained a cut above the left eye in the fifth. LaSpada used effective lefts and rights to the head in what was his best round of the bout.

After the cut, Miller rocked LaSpada with lefts and rights to the head. LaSpada tried to use a left jab but could not overcome Miller’s power punches.

The buildup of punches eventually led to swelling around LaSpada’s face. By the end of the eighth round, LaSpada’s left eye began to bleed, resulting in the eventual stoppage a round later.

The victory improves Miller’s record 28-4 with 24 knockouts. LaSpada, now living in Las Vegas, is 26-3.

Miller, who captured the title with a victory over former champion Orlin Norris last July, knocked out Reinaldo Gimenez in his first defense in January.

Miller weighed 188 pounds for the bout while LaSpada was at 187.