1989-07-01 Brian Mitchell w tdec 9 Jackie Beard, Ezio Scida Stadium, Crotone, Italy - WBA

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1989-07-01 Brian Mitchell w tdec 9 Jackie Beard, Ezio Scida Stadium, Crotone, Italy - WBA. Referee: Isidro Rodriguez. Scorecards: 79-76, 79-73, 78-75. After dominating from the second round with solid left jabs the champion had Beard (130) under some pressure in the third. Although the rugged American came back well in the fourth he ended the session with eye damage. By the fifth Mitchell (130) was banging in good right hands, and by the seventh he was landing numerous blows from both hands almost without reply. Despite going well in the eighth, especially with right hands to the body, Mitchell picked up a cut over the left eye. In the ninth, following a series of left hooks, Mitchell was badly cut over the other eye, whereupon the fight was stopped with just 50 seconds remaining. Ahead on the judges' scorecards, and claiming that the cuts were caused by head buts, Mitchell was awarded the technical decision.