2004-01-03 Acelino Freitas w pts 12 Artur Grigorian, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA - WBO

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2004-01-03 Acelino Freitas w pts 12 Artur Grigorian, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA - WBO. Referee: Eddie Cotton. Scorecards: 116-107, 116-107, 115-108. Stepping up for his first championship fight at the lightweight limit, Freitas (135) controlled the vast majority of the action from the opening bell against the veteran southpaw champion, who had held the WBO belt since 1996 and made 17 successful defences. The fight marked the end of the road for the light-punching Grigorian (134) as he was decked four times, in the fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth, before bravely finishing the contest on his feet. Although three of the knockdowns were considered to have been pushes rather than punches by many at ringside, they gave welcome relief to a man who had no answer to Freitas’ aggressive, all-action style. On winning, Freitas, who was deducted a point in the tenth for going low, became a world champion at two different weights.