Witter retains WBC light-welterweight title

Sep 8, 2007 - 1:32 AM YORKSHIRE, England (Ticker) -- Junior Witter reasserted his claim as the No. 1 light-welterweight in the world.

Witter knocked out former WBA champion Vivian Harris in seven rounds at the Doncaster Dome on Friday.

The defending WBC light-welterweight champion, who is nicknamed "The Hitter," Witter improved to (36-1-2, 21 KOs) by cutting down Harris with a left hook that landed flush on his jaw. After Harris rose once, Witter followed with a short chopping right that finished off the challenger.

"I hit him with some seriously powerful shots and he got up, he wobbled, but when the final blow landed it was sweet," Witter said.

Witter put himself in position to possibly moved a step closer to a super fight with the winner of the bout between Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton later this year.

Witter is ready to take on all comers.

"I've been in with seriously good fighters and beat them," the 33-year-old Witter said. "I've had world titles and still people don't give me credit. But I am the best 140-pound fighter around. I am the man."

Harris (28-3-1) simply had no answer to the champion's speed and power. He has lost two straight decisions and three of his last six fights.

In the second round, Witter twice delivered left hooks that wobbled Harris before the 29-year-old from Guyana responded with a superb short right hand of his own.

Witter also landed two big shots to Harris' head of in the third before knocking down the challenger for the first time in the fourth.

In the round, after Witter connected with a left hook that sent the former champ to the deck, the referee stopped the bout and ruled the knockdown a slip. It didn't matter because a short time later, the fighter from Bradford, England caught Harris with a crisp left hook upstairs followed by a right to put him down.

Harris recovered in a quiet fifth round and began to show some heart in the sixth - out-boxing Witter - before being dispatched in the seventh.






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