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Woodhall Stops Nardiello in Sixth

February 13, 1999

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) _ England’s Richie Woodhall held on to his WBC super-middleweight title Saturday, stopping Italy’s Vincenzo Nardiello in the sixth round.

Woodhall, in his second title defense, was in command in winning the first four rounds with crisp body punches as the Italian looked outclassed.

But 40 seconds into the fifth round, Nardiello landed a left hook that floored Woodhall and stunned a partisan crowd of 10,000. Woodhall came back, took control of the round and dropped Nardiello with a right to the midsection in the final 30 seconds.

Nardiello complained it was a low blow and then drew loud jeers when he went down just after the bell, complaining Woodhall had thrown a late punch.

By that time the fight was all but over.

Woodhall caught Nardiello with a left-right combination exactly midway through the sixth. Woodhall got up by the 10 count only to have the referee stop the fight.

Woodhall is 25-1. Nardiello, a former WBC super-middleweight champion, is 33-7.

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