2005-03-04 Clinton Woods w rsc 5 Rico Hoye, Magna Centre, Rotherham, England - IBF

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2005-03-04 Clinton Woods w rsc 5 Rico Hoye, Magna Centre, Rotherham, England - IBF. Referee: Ian John-Lewis. In taking on the dangerous, heavy-handed American in a battle for the vacant title, Woods (174) showed he was really up for it by first outboxing his rival and then outpunching him. While Hoye (174¼), who had spent ten years in prison for a gangland killing, tried to blast his way to victory, the Sheffield man kept his defences together despite taking a number of low blows which saw his rival deducted two points. In the fifth, Woods eventually upped the pace when correctly believing his time had come, and was driving Hoye before him without reply when the referee called it off with just one second of the round remaining.

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