posted on Apr, 17 2004 @ 11:18 PM
Vivian Harris retained his WBA junior welterweight title Saturday, earning a split decision over Germany's Oktay Urkal. Harris finished with a strong
10th round in a bout that was scored 114-112 by two judges. A third judged scored it a 113-113 draw.
"It was a tough fight. I hit him with some good rights and he just kept coming back," Harris said.
Harris improved to 24-1-1 with 16 knockouts. He floored Urkal with a right in the third round and took a commanding lead in his second title
But Urkal (34-2, 10 knockouts) rallied, winning the middle rounds by often catching Harris on the ropes and unloading combinations.
By the ninth round, Urkal appeared to have the lead in the fast-paced fight.
But Harris charged out in the 10th, knocking the German across the ring with a series of combinations. Urkal wasn't able to do enough in the final two
rounds to take the title away from the champion.
Harris won the WBA title in October 2003 with a two-round victory over Diobelys Hurtado.
Copyright 2004 Associated Press.