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Ruiz, Garcia Retain Boxing Titles

March 23, 1999

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ Edgar Ruiz and Isidro Garcia both retained their North American Boxing Association titles after accidental head cuts ended their separate fights Monday night.

In a scheduled 12-round welterweight bout, Ruiz retained his title with a ninth-round technical decision over Willy Wise.

The bout was stopped when Ruiz was cut over his right eye after the two fighters banged heads. The cut was so deep Ruiz was unable to continue.

The judges reverted back to the previous eight rounds to decide the winner. Ruiz was ahead on the three judges’ cards by 76-75, 77-74 and 78-73.

Ruiz, of Mexico, scored the only knockdown of the bout when he floored Wise, of New York, with a left hook to the body just before the end of the third round.

Ruiz, who weighed 147 pounds, improved his record to 15-1-1 with 10 knockouts. Wise, weighing 146 3/4 pounds, fell to 25-6-4.

In the NABO flyweight title bout, Garcia retained his title with a technical draw 38 seconds into the fourth round against Antonio Ruiz.

Garcia was badly cut on the scalp, also during a clash of heads.

NABO rules dictate that a bout ending before the completion of four rounds is automatically a technical draw.

Garcia, of Los Angeles, is 17-1-1 with four knockouts. He weighed 111 1/2 pounds. Ruiz, of Mexico, is 19-15-6 with eight knockouts. He weighed 111 3/4.

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