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Couser Disqualified for Conduct Vs. Tann

July 12, 2003

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) _ In what looked more like a wrestling match than a boxing bout, Cliff Couser was disqualified in the first round for slamming Malcolm Tann to the canvas.

After taking a series of punches from Tann, Couser lifted Tann, then threw him to the canvas, pummeling Tann with his right hand while atop him.

The scheduled 10-round heavyweight bout Friday degraded about three seconds before the first-round bell. Referee Dr. James Jen Kin put a headlock on Couser and security guards, Couser’s cornermen and one spectator jumped into the ring to pull Couser off Tann.

Couser shed tears of frustration.

After 10 minutes of mayhem in the ring, Kin ruled Tann the winner, disqualifying Couser for unsportsmanlike conduct. It took another 25 minutes to calm Couser.

The 224-pound Tann, of San Antonio, raised his record to 8-0 with four knockouts.

Couser, 228 pounds, of Henderson, Nev., fell to 24-8-2 with 12 knockouts.

In a 10-round junior middleweight fight at Agua Caliente Casino, Quandray Robertson of Salem, Ore., outpointed Armando Velardez of San Bernardino, Calif.

Robertson scored the only knockdown in the eighth round and won on scores of 98-90, 97-91 and 96-92. The 151-pound winner is 14-6 with 10 knockouts. Velardez, at 151 1/2 pounds, fell to 15-3.

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