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    Saturday, November 11, 12:20 AM
    *Pacheco retains IBF title with controversial decision*
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    LAS VEGAS (Ticker) -- Masibulele Makepula took a 27-hour plane
    trip from South Africa only to be robbed. 
    
    After clearly outboxing and outpunching undefeated IBF flyweight
    champion Irene (e-RAY-nay) Pacheco for 12 rounds, Makepula was
    stunned when Pacheco retained his title with a majority
    decision. 
    
    Makepula (18-1) suffered his first loss after the judges'
    scorecards came back 114-114, 118-110, 117-111 in favor of
    Pacheco (25-0, 19 KOs). 
    
    Although there were no knockdowns, Makepula was the busier and
    more effective fighter throughout, darting in and out of
    Pacheco's defense with quick combinations and staggering the
    champion in both the ninth and final round. 
    
    Pacheco had knocked out his previous 13 opponents and had not
    gone the distance since a six-round decision against Daniel
    Batista on April 27, 1996.  The 29-year-old Colombian did go 11
    tough rounds with Pedro Pena in January before scoring a TKO but
    did not have the strength to put away Makepula down the stretch
    tonight. 
    
    Relying heavily on his ability to counterpunch, Pacheco often
    absorbed several punches before having his return blows blocked
    or ducked by the challenger. Makepula used a left hook and
    overhand right to back Pacheco into the ropes in the ninth round
    and rallied to disorient the champion with a quick combination
    in the center of the ring late in the 12th. 
    
    Coming off a tough 12-round decision over ring veteran "Baby"
    Jake Matala in February, the South African gave all he had in
    his first major title fight but could not sway the judges'
    decisions. 
    
    st 11-11-00 00:07 et
    
    


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