2003-09-20 Chris Byrd w pts 12 Fres Oquendo, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA - IBF

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2003-09-20 Chris Byrd w pts 12 Fres Oquendo, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA - IBF. Referee: Eddie Cotton. Scorecards: 115-113, 116-112, 117-111. Making his first defence Byrd (211¾) looked extremely lucky to have retained the title after Oquendo (224) had worked out how to deal with his slippery southpaw style as early as the fourth round. There was never a great deal between them, but by the seventh HBO’s unofficial judge, Harold Lederman, had Oquendo four points ahead. Although Byrd improved a bit from there on in he continued to get caught far too often by the right hand and fast combinations, and Oquendo had him over with a left-right at the start of the 12th only for the referee to call it a trip. With this being the fourth time in the contest that Byrd had been down without a count administered, it merely added to the general anger of the crowd when the decision was announced.