2005-08-26 O’Neil Bell w co 11 Sebastiaan Rothmann, Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA - IBF
2005-08-26 O’Neil Bell w co 11 Sebastiaan Rothmann, Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA - IBF. Referee: Tommy Kimmons. Realising that he to stick and move if he wanted to stay in the fight after taking heavy punishment in the opening session the challenger took over the next four rounds, almost knocking Bell (200) over in the fifth after catching him with several good punches followed by a right to the jaw. Badly damaged around both eyes Rothmann (194) fought on bravely, giving and taking in equal numbers, and going into the 11th was level on two cards and ahead on the other. Desperately trying to hang on to his title Bell was still having to take the jab. All of that counted for nothing when Bell finally sent Rothmann down to be counted out at 2.09 of the session after catching him with two long rights to the temple. It had been a hard night’s work for Bell, made even more difficult when he was deducted points in the seventh and ninth for low blows.