Sunday, March 28, 1999

Austin retains bantamweight title




BY TIM SULLIVAN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIAMI — Cincinnati boxer Tim Austin defended his share of the world bantamweight title Saturday night with a ninth-round knockout of Mexico's Sergio Aguila, but not before his undefeated career was both figuratively and literally on the ropes.

        Austin, 27, climbed off the mat in the middle of the fourth round, was wobbling against the ropes as Aguila sought to finish him, but recovered to retain his International Boxing Association crown.

        It was Austin's eighth straight knockout, but the first time he had been forced to fight a ninth round since 1995.

        Austin improved his record to 19-0-1. He has successfully defended his title three times since taking it from Mbulelo Botite on July 19, 1997.

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