Forrest defeats Baldomir to win WBC super welterweight title

TACOMA, Wash. - Vernon Forrest withstood a late rally by Carlos Baldomir to win the WBC super welterweight championship in a unanimous decision Saturday night.

The 6-foot Forrest stood five inches taller than Baldomir and had a 6-inch reach advantage. Forrest (39-2) used left jabs to set up body and head shots with his right. Encouraged by his corner to aim for the body, he kept up constant pressure on Baldomir (43-11-6) with body shots as well a few shots to the face.

Baldomir, known for his tough chin, took a number of tough punches but didn't take shots to the body as well as he took the shots to his face. The Argentine used a plodding style in an attempt to wear down the more agile Forrest.

The judges scored it 118-109, 118-109 and 116-111 for Forrest.

The 12-round bout between 36-year-old former welterweight champions in front of an estimated sellout crowd of 2,200 at the Emerald Queen Casino was the first title fight in Washington since 1988 when Greg Haugen successfully defended his IBF lightweight title against Miquel Santana.

The crowd started to get excited in the seventh round when action picked up and Forrest landed more punches as Baldomir attempted to come straight at him. Baldomir bounced back a bit in the eighth, one of the closest rounds.

He seemed to be inspired in the ninth when Forrest had a point taken away for a low blow. Baldomir landed punches and caused Forrest to dance away from him late in the round.

This showdown was set up when Floyd Mayweather vacated the title to drop to the 147-pound weight division.

Forrest, of Augusta, entered the fight coming off three consecutive wins after taking two years off because of injuries. In his previous fight, Forrest narrowly defeated Ike Quartey in a disputed decision last August.

Forrest gained attention in 2002 with back-to-back wins over Shane Mosley. Both of his losses were to Ricardo Mayorga.

Baldomir came into the fight after losing to Mayweather nine months ago.

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