2000-04-08 Johnny Nelson w rtd 7 Pietro Aurino, York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England - WBO

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2000-04-08 Johnny Nelson w rtd 7 Pietro Aurino, York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England - WBO. Referee: Paul Thomas. Despite flooring Aurino (189½) in the opening session with a solid left hook that was followed by a right uppercut to the head, the champion sat back on his laurels for several rounds and bided his time. The Italian southpaw even won the second and fourth rounds on one of the judges’ cards, which was more by default than by excellent work, as Nelson (189¼) failed to show any initiative. With both men looking to counter it was not a great fight to watch, but Nelson picked it up in the sixth when a long right had Aurino down momentarily and after heads came together in the seventh the referee stopped the contest on the 2.23 mark when it was clear that the latter did not want to continue.