2001-04-22 Lehlo Ledwaba w pts 12 Carlos Contreras, Carnival City Big Top, Brakpan, South Africa - IBF

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2001-04-22 Lehlo Ledwaba w pts 12 Carlos Contreras, Carnival City Big Top, Brakpan, South Africa - IBF. Referee: Sam Smyth. Scorecards: 118-110, 116-112, 117-112. Despite suffering from a virus and then damaging his right hand, Ledwaba (121¾) did more than enough to win the fight but was unable to subdue the tough challenger who came on strong in the last two sessions as he tired. In the ninth, Contreras (121), under constant pressure in that round, was badly hurt but he somehow got through it and it was then Ledwaba’s turn to defend until the final bell. The decision was never in doubt as Ledwaba’s early work, especially with hooks, jabs and uppercuts that rained in on his unprotected opponent, had given him a clear margin to work with.