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A real fight in France; 9th brought out the best

Originally Published: December 29, 2006
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Round after round, junior featherweight titleholder Mahyar Monshipour, a French citizen born in Iran, and challenger Somsak Sithchatchawal of Thailand fought their hearts out.

Squaring off for a 122-pound world championship on March 18 in the Levallois-Perret section of suburban Paris, they waged a truly awe-inspiring fight, even if only the hardest of hardcore fans in America know who they are.

The first eight rounds were thoroughly hellacious and fought at a breakneck pace. ...

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