2006-01-07 O’Neil Bell w rsc 10 Jean-Marc Mormeck, MSG Theatre, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBC/WBA/IBF/The Ring

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2006-01-07 O’Neil Bell w rsc 10 Jean-Marc Mormeck, MSG Theatre, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBC/WBA/IBF. Referee: Wayne Kelly. On 27 January at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Virgil Hill won the vacant WBA ‘second tier’ title when outpointing Valery Brudov over 12 rounds. Meanwhile, in April, Bell forfeited the IBF title for not fulfilling his mandatory requirements and to fill his shoes was made for 6 May between Steve Cunningham, who had outpointed Kelvin Davis over 12 rounds at the Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio on 3 September 2005 in an eliminator, and Guillermo Jones. The match was called off at the last moment due to a contractual dispute and Cunningham was later matched against Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, a fighter who had lost just once in 36 contests. On 2 December at the Bercy Sports Palace, Paris, France, Luis Andres Pineda won the vacant WBA ‘interim’ title when stopping Valery Brudov in the 11th round.