2004-11-13 Chris Byrd w pts 12 Jameel McCline, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - IBF

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2004-11-13 Chris Byrd w pts 12 Jameel McCline, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - IBF. Referee: Wayne Kelly. Scorecards: 115-112, 114-113, 112-114. In a battle between friends, McCline (270) got away the better, dropping the southpaw champion in the second round with a solid right to the head and winning at least four of the opening six rounds. Things began to go better for Byrd (214), who was outweighed by 56 pounds, from the sixth onwards as McCline tired and his better boxing began to claw back the deficit. Even then, McCline had an excellent tenth round and at the final bell there was little between them.