Terrence Alli and Cornelius Boza-Edwards fought to a draw in a 10-round bout in Las Vegas. The winner was to have met World Boxing Association lightweight champion Livingstone Bramble but, because of the draw, promoter Bob Arum said Bramble can pick which challenger to fight in a May or June defense.
The draw was unpopular with the crowd.
Boza-Edwards, 135 1/2 pounds, a former World Boxing Council junior lightweight champion and ranked No. 3 among lightweights, had Alli, 136, in trouble late in the eighth round from right uppercuts and left hooks to the head.
Judge Bill Graham had Boza-Edwards (44-5-1, 34 knockouts) winning, 97-93, taking three of the final four rounds, including the 10th. Lou Tabat called it 95-95, but had Alli (26-4-2, 11 knockouts) winning three of the final four rounds, including the 10th. Art Lurie had Alli winning, 96-95, and gave him two of the last four rounds, calling the 10th even.
Alli danced the final two rounds, drawing boos . . .
Challenger Gilberto Roman (41-3, 32 knockouts) of Mexico scored a unanimous 12-round decision over 31-year-old champion Jiro Watanabe (26-2) of Japan to win the WBC junior bantamweight title in Itami, Japan. There were no knockdowns.
Dalby Shirley and Vince Delgado scored Roman, 24, the winner at 116-112. Harry Gibbs scored it 116-114.