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BOXING : Bowe Knocks Out Seldon at 1:48 of the First Round

From Associated Press

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Riddick Bowe knocked Bruce Seldon down and then out in the first round of their scheduled 10-round bout Friday night.

Bowe, 26-0 with 23 knockouts, dropped Seldon with a right in the middle of the ring. Seldon struggled to get to his feet, but collapsed after the second and last effort. Referee Joe O’Neill stopped the bout at 1:48.

The knockout came seconds after Seldon got up at the count of eight after being dropped with an overhand right that followed a left jab.

Seldon, 18-2 with 15 knockouts, tried to establish control with a left jab. It worked at first, but Bowe proved to have too many skills to be bothered for long.

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Bowe, who turns 24 today, had no time to show any fatigue from a third-round TKO of Phil Brown 16 days earlier. The Brooklyn, N.Y., heavyweight likes to fight frequently and has said he hopes to contend for the title within a year.

Seldon hoped to rebound from his first defeat--a ninth-round KO loss to Oliver McCall in April. The loss to Bowe deals a serious blow to the 24-year-old Atlantic City native’s hopes of staying in serious title contention.

The TVKO pay-per-view bout replaced a scheduled fight between World Boxing Organization champion Ray Mercer and Tommy Morrison. That fight has been rescheduled for Oct. 18.

Bowe weighed 225 3/4; Seldon 220.

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On the undercard, World Boxing Assn. cruiserweight champion Bobby Czyz retained his title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Bash Ali.


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