2005-07-14 Roman Karmazin w pts 12 Kassim Ouma, Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF

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2005-07-14 Roman Karmazin w pts 12 Kassim Ouma, Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Robert Byrd. Scorecards: 118-108, 116-110, 117-109. Making a slow start, Ouma (154) was under pressure from the opening bell as Karmazin (153½) used his three-and-half-inch-reach advantage and awkward style to take control early before flooring the southpaw champion twice in the third round. Knocked down firstly by a left to the side, Ouma was caught off balance, but the right to the jaw that sent him crashing for the second knockdown took a lot of the stuffing out of him. Subsequently, it was hard going for Ouma, and although he battled back well during the middle of the fight he was never able to close Karmazin down. Working hard, the Russian-born Karmazin came on strong over last three sessions with jabs and solid rights to walk off with the decision.