1997-03-22 Genaro Hernandez w pts 12 Azumah Nelson, Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - WBC

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1997-03-22 Genaro Hernandez w pts 12 Azumah Nelson, Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - WBC. Referee: Laurence Cole. Scorecards: 115-113, 118-110, 113-114. Using his huge height-and-reach advantages to good effect, Hernandez (129¾) forced the champion to come forward as he boxed on the counter with the points-scoring left hand while occasionally opening up with combinations. The contest took a sudden turn when Nelson (129) continued punching after the bell had rung to end the seventh, dropping Hernandez with a left to the jaw. Given five minutes respite, and despite being shaky, Hernandez finished the last five rounds moving and keeping away from trouble to win by a narrow margin. Hernandez, who won only one of the last five rounds, could have taken a disqualification win but decided to continue to prove his worth.

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