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Miller Successfully Defends WBA Cruiserweight Title Against Argentine

January 14, 1996

MIAMI (AP) _ Nate Miller successfully defended his World Boxing Association cruiserweight title Saturday night by stopping Reynaldo Gimenez of Argentina after four rounds.

Miller dominated Gimenez from the opening round by landing successful head and body punches. With each round, the punches became stronger and wore down a game Gimenez, who briefly countered with left hooks.

Four rounds of punches eventually took their toll as Gimenez failed to answer the bell for the fifth round.

``He was getting tired and we didn’t want to risk a tragedy,″ said Gimenez’s manager Tutico Zabala. ``We both agreed to stop the fight.″

According to Zabala, Gimenez accepted the bout on 10 days’ notice. ``We couldn’t pass up on an title shot,″ he said. ``Unfortunately, Gimenez was 10-15 pounds overweight, so he was not in the best condition.″

Miller, 32, of Philadelphia, was making his first defense of the cruiserweight title he won from Orlin Norris in London last July. Miller improved to 27-4 with 23 knockouts.

Gimenez, whose record is 19-6-2, failed in his second world title bid. Last November, the 30-year-old was stopped by Marcelo Dominguez in 12 rounds for the WBC cruiserweight crown in Buenos Aires.

``If he wouldn’t have quit, he had maybe two rounds left,″ Miller said. ``He was tough, but the inside punches were too much for him.″

Miller weighed 188 pounds for the fight, while Gimenez was at 189.

In a non-title preliminary bout, former IBF junior-welterweight champion Freddie Pendleton needed only one punch and 16 seconds to knock out Ralph Southerland of Sanford, N.C.

Pendleton, of Miami, landed a solid right to Southerland’s head. Southerland immediately fell to the canvas and did not beat referee Bill Connors’ count, resulting in the first-round KO.

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