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Boxing: The Filipino Rene Mark Fourth maintains his world title

ANDhe filipino Rene Mark Fourth (20-2-2, 11 KO) this morning retained his IBF world title of the minimum weight, by defeating his compatriot Peter


ANDhe filipino Rene Mark Fourth (20-2-2, 11 KO) this morning retained his IBF world title of the minimum weight, by defeating his compatriot Peter Taduran (14-4-1, 11 KO) by majority technical decision in the seventh round, in a fight played in the Philippine town of Digos City.

Both fighters they had met for the same title in February 2021 with victory for Fourth by points in a controversial decision of the judges who saw the champion win by a narrow margin, although Taduran deserved the victory.

On this occasion, the combat was similar to the previous one, with Taduran leading the pressure and initiative and the champion fighting against it. In the second and sixth rounds, the referee counted the applicant rigorously twice because more seemed like a push and a slip, respectively, than they produced falls. Taduran control the beat though Fourth precisely came from behind at the face of the aspirant.

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In the third round, the referee saw an intentional header by the champion and was cautioned with two points. In the seventh round, a head butt, this time accidental, caused the referee to stop the fight due to an important cut on Taduran’s face and the judges had given the scores 66-64, 65-64 and 65-65 up to that point. so that Rene Mark Fourth retained fairly his crown of minimum weight (47,600 kg).