Boxing -- and Spain's Alfredo Evangelista has retained his European Heavyweight title against Frenchman Lucien Rodriguez.
SV European Heavyweight Boxing title fight in progress between Lucien Rodriguez of France (dark shorts) and Alfredo Evangelista of Spain (light shorts) - first round with Rodriguez knocking Evangelista down with left hook
SV Evangelista gets up, crowd applauds and he is given statutory count. Fight continues with pace increasing
SV PULL OUT TO GV fight in progress and end of first round
CU Commentator at ringside
SV Second round with Evangelista pinning Rodriguez to rope. After right and left to the body Rodriguez goes down, gets up but is counted out
SV PULL OUT TO GV Evangelista falls to his knees as seconds come into ring to congratulate him, crowd boss, Evangelista shakes his fists at them and then goes onto his knees again and pounds the canvas
It was Uruguayan-born Evangelista's fourth successful defence since taking the title from Rodriguez in September 1977. Previously he beat Belgian champion Jean-Pierre Coopman, Britain's Billy Aird and Italian Dante Cane.
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Background: Boxing -- and Spain's Alfredo Evangelista has retained his European Heavyweight title against Frenchman Lucien Rodriguez. The fight took place in Liege, belgium on Friday (2 March) -- and was over almost before it had begun.
SYNOPSIS: In the first round the champion looked like a slow-moving Spanish bull confronting a dancing French matador.
The four-and-a-half thousand spectators were noisily involved in the progress of the fight. An hour before the start Evangelista had weighed in at 99.6 kilogramme (219Â« pounds) and Rodriguez at 93.0 kilogramme (205 pounds). Seconds into the first round -- and the champion is down -- caught off guard by powerful left hook from Rodriguez.
But he was back on his feet in a flash and the crowd roared their approval.
The end of round one -- and -- as it turned out -- almost the fight itself.
Round two -- and Evangelista has the challenger pinned to the ropes with fierce body punches. An instant later a blow to the head sent Rodriguez sprawling. The count began with him on the floor -- but ended after he was back on his feet.
Belgian referee Des Wert had counted the Frenchman out -- Evangelista was a surprised and emotional winner -- and the crowd booed, whistled and catcalled their disappointment.
Afterwards Rodriguez told reporters "I was hit all right, but the referee must have been rushing to count ten like that -- but a decision is a decision and I have lost." It also seemed as if Evangelista was reluctant to accept his victory.