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Bazan Retains WBC Lightweight Title

October 31, 1998

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Cesar Bazan of Mexico kept his WBC lightweight title Friday night with a tough majority decision over countryman Mauro Lucero, who had dropped from the super lightweight class for the fight.

Bazan stung Lucero several times in the early rounds, but the challenger held his ground as the fight went on and often was the aggressor, squeezing in tight to limit Bazan’s reach advantage.

But while Lucero landed punches, none seemed to stun the champion and the fighters spent much of the last six rounds entwined, often wobbling into the ropes in a clumsy embrace.

Bazan, who won his title June 13 with a victory over Stevie Johnston, was favored 116-112 and 115-114 on two cards with the third even at 115-115.

Bazan, making his second defense of the title, improved to 34-2-1 with 23 knockouts. Lucero, the WBC’s 10th-ranked super lightweight, fell to 32-4-1 with 20 knockouts.

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