Donald Retains NABO Title
Nov. 29, 2000
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Larry Donald forced journeyman Obed Sullivan to take a standing eight-count in the 12th round en route to a majority draw in their NABO heavyweight title fight Tuesday night.
Donald, who had won 22 straight fights back to 1995, stunned Sullivan with a right to the head in the 12th, a blow that prompted referee Richard Steele to begin the count.
The 33-year-old Donald, ranked No. 3 by the International Boxing Federation, No. 4 by the World Boxing Council and No. 7 by the World Boxing Association, won the 12th by scores of 10-8 on all three judges' cards, just enough to eek out the draw.
Two of three judges had the fight even at 113-113, while a third judge had Donald winning 115-111.
While Donald's 12th-round rally earned him the draw, his winning margin may have come in the fifth round when one point was deducted from Sullivan's score for a low blow.
Donald, 38-1-2 with 23 knockouts, was the more active of the two fighters. But the 32-year-old Sullivan landed the harder, if more infrequent, punches.
There were no knockdowns in the fight.
Sullivan, who weighed 233 pounds, 12 less than Donald, us 36-7-2 with 26 knockouts.