2003-01-18 Artur Grigorian w pts 12 Matt Zegan, Gruga Conference Centre, Essen, Germany - WBO

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2003-01-18 Artur Grigorian w pts 12 Matt Zegan, Gruga Conference Centre, Essen, Germany - WBO. Referee: Mark Nelson. Scorecards: 116-112, 115-113, 114-114. In a match-up of fellow southpaws, the champion was content to probe with the jab at the start as Zegan (134½) tore into him, before having to fight for his life to keep his title. Giving Grigorian (135), who lacked his normal sharpness, no room to work as he cracked in solid blows from either hand, Zegan seemed well on the way to the championship when keeping up the pace round after round. In the eighth Grigorian was cut over the left eye by an unintentional butt, and in the tenth he was cut over the right eye as Zegan made his charge for home. Then, having knocked out Grigorian’s gumshield in the 12th with a cracking left hook and forced him to slip briefly to the canvas seconds before the bell, Zegan was, not surprisingly, shocked to hear the verdict go against him.