1998-02-06 Reggie Johnson w co 5 William Guthrie, Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA - IBF

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1998-02-06 Reggie Johnson w co 5 William Guthrie, Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA - IBF. Referee: Steve Smoger. In a battle of southpaws it was the challenger who made the better start despite having just five fights in the previous four years, and by the third round Guthrie (174) was being outboxed. On several occasions Johnson (172½) should have had point deductions when going low with right hooks, but all he received were warnings before finally getting one towards the end of the fourth. Having been caught by solid counters throughout by the fifth, even though Guthrie was decidedly more careful he was counted out at 1.58 of the session after being poleaxed by a tremendous countering right hook.