1988-04-02 Rocky Lockridge w pts 15 Harold Knight, Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF

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1988-04-02 Rocky Lockridge w pts 15 Harold Knight, Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF. Referee: Paul Venti. Scorecards: 146-139, 145-140, 145-139. Controlling the fight from the start, often doing just enough while conserving his energy for the latter rounds, Lockridge (129) always seemed to have an answer to whatever the hard-punching challenger tried. While Knight (128) threw combinations in bursts, Lockridge used short punches to head and body along with an occasional overarm right to keep his rival occupied. In the main that was effective, but in the ninth and tenth rounds Knight came on strong with solid blows which forced the champion to hang in desperately. Recovering well and denying his rival punching room, Lockridge took the fight to Knight for the remainder of the contest to land the decision in what had been an absorbing battle between two good fighters.