2005-05-20 O’Neil Bell w pts 12 Dale Brown, Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA - IBF
2005-05-20 O’Neil Bell w pts 12 Dale Brown, Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA - IBF. Referee: Armando Garcia. Scorecards: 115-113, 116-112, 117-111. After Kelvin Davis was stripped for failing to defend against Bell, the man from Georgia made good his opportunity when outscoring Brown (198¾) in a tough fight that many thought could have gone either way. It was the skill and punch-picking of Brown against the constant aggression of Bell (199), but by the fourth he was cut over the right eye and had a swelling on the other optic, testament to the latter’s headwork and punching power. Despite boxing on the back foot Brown continued to pick Bell off with the jab and right-hand counters, and although ahead on the punch stats at the final bell it was Bell who got the decision.