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Romero beats Tejedor, claims flyweight crown


LAS VEGAS -- Handsome and articulate, Danny Romero proved last night that he also is a quite talented flyweight, dominating the closing rounds against champion Francisco Tejedor of Colombia to capture the International Boxing Federation flyweight title by unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden.

Romero, 20, from Albuquerque, N.M., raised his record to 24-0 in becoming the first American to hold the 112-pound title since Midget Wolgast reigned from 1930 to 1935.

It took more than seven rounds for the heavy-fisted Romero to catch the elusive champion with more than one solid punch. But he staggered Tejedor in the 11th and knocked him through the ropes just before the final bell to take any suspense out of the decision.

Judge Dalby Shirley of Nevada favored Romero 116-111. Stuart Winston of Florida ruled 115-112 and Hector Hernandez of Mexico 116-112.

"I gave him a boxing lesson," Romero said. "He was crafty and quicker than I thought, but I was prepared to go 12 hard rounds."

In a preliminary bout, Mike Connolly of Houston handed Corey Sanders (3-1) of Mitchellville, Md., has first loss as a pro by winning a unanimous four-round decision.

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