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 and dropped Hernandez with a left to the jaw. Given five minutes respite and despite being shaky, Hernandez came back to defend his lead and 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.