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Hamed Stops Bungu in Fourth Round

March 11, 2000

LONDON (AP) _ Britain’s Naseem Hamed successfully defended his WBO featherweight title for the 14th time Saturday, stopping former IBF super bantemweight champion Vuyani Bungu of South Africa in the fourth round.

After lining up the knockout punch with a right jab, the left-hander landed the big left hand flush on Bungu’s chin to end the fight at 1:38 of the fourth round. Hamed is unbeaten in 34 fights.

Bungu, stopped for the first time in 40 fights, defended the super-bantamweight title 13 times before stepping up to fight Hamed.

It was a great result for Hamed, whose recent performances in America hadn’t made many friends. Two of his last three wins had gone the distance and the other went to the 11th.

Before the fight at Olympia, the flamboyant Hamed was carried toward the ring on a platform high above the crowd before making his trademark somersault over the top rope.

Then he set about dismantling the impressive defense of Bungu, who entered the fight 37-2 and hadn’t been beaten in eight years.

Hamed staggered Bungu with a big right hand in the middle of the first round but, with his gloves down by his waist, took a right hook on the chin near the end of the round.

In the second round, Hamed worked well to the body against his taller opponent and pushed his opponent back while staying out of trouble. The champion rocked Bungu with a big left hand 20 seconds from the end of round three and the South African went back to his corner with a cut above the left eye.

The champion remained in control and a left hand put Bungu down and out in the fourth, Hamed celebrating with a handspring almost before referee Joe Cortez had finished the count.

On the undercard, American Mickey Ward took the WBU light welterweight title from Britain’s Shea Neary with an eight-round knockout.

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