2003-11-15 Johnny Nelson w pts 12 Alexander Petkovic, Upper Franconian Arena, Bayreuth, Germany - WBO

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2003-11-15 Johnny Nelson w pts 12 Alexander Petkovic, Upper Franconian Arena, Bayreuth, Germany - WBO. Referee: Genaro Rodriguez. Scorecards: 115-113, 115-113, 114-114. Geared up for his number-one contender, Nelson (189½) gave very few chances to Petkovic (188¾), while controlling the fight with the jab and looking sharp. There were no knockdowns and, while it was clear that the challenger would a tough nut to crack, it was also clear that he had no idea as to how to break the champion’s defences down, merely following him around and swinging punches in the vain hope that they might connect. What did surprise was the scoring of the three judges, who must have awarded rounds to Petkovic merely on the grounds of coming forward rather than landing scoring punches.