1996-07-06 Vincenzo Nardiello w pts 12 Thulani Malinga, Nynex Arena, Manchester, England - WBC

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1996-07-06 Vincenzo Nardiello w pts 12 Thulani Malinga, Nynex Arena, Manchester, England - WBC. Referee: Mickey Vann. Scorecards: 116-112, 114-112, 111-116. Defending his title for the first time, Malinga (165¾) fought in an uninspiring fashion against an opponent who was so negative himself that he hardly deserved to win the title. Even so, Nardiello (167) took the opening three rounds as the South African struggled to find any rhythm against his southpaw opponent. It was only in the ninth that the fight sprang into action, when Nardiello went to the floor claiming that he had been hit low, and when asked to box on Malinga immediately tossed in a low one that brought about a point deduction. Although they both gave it a go in the last session, Nardiello sustaining a cut on the left eye, it hardly enthused the crowd and the decision was received almost in silence.