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Montiel keeps WBO junior bantamweight title on 12th round TKO

Updated: October 8, 2007, 9:27 AM ET
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- Fernando Montiel of Mexico stopped Luis Melendez of Colombia by technical knockout in the 12th round to retain his World Boxing Organization junior bantamweight championship Thursday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Montiel hurt Melendez early in the 12th with two rights to the head. A left to the body seconds later dropped Melendez for a seven-count. Montiel then landed a right cross and left hook to the head, prompting referee Kenny Bayless to halt the bout at 1:58.

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