1998-05-12 Otis Grant w rtd 9 Ernesto Sena, Corel Centre, Ottawa, Canada - WBO

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1998-05-12 Otis Grant w rtd 9 Ernesto Sena, Corel Centre, Ottawa, Canada - WBO. Referee: Mark Nelson. Scorecards: 80-71, 80-71, 80-71. Defending the title bestowed on him following Lonnie Bradley’s enforced retirement, in a battle of southpaws Grant (159) won the opening eight rounds against the crude Sena (159) having dropped the latter with a cracking short left to the jaw in the opener. Three times in the third Sena tripped over his own feet, and in the eighth he opened up a bad cut on Grant’s left eye when accidentally butting his man. The fight went to the cards in the ninth after Grant’s damaged eye worsened, the decision being a formality.

Grant relinquished the WBO version of the championship in November on moving up to light heavyweight to challenge Roy Jones for the WBA/WBC titles. The WBO then selected Bert Schenk and Freeman Barr to meet for the vacant title.