In the 12th, Tate was too cautious and let Olajide escape once more. This time Tate's right hand landed hard and high on Olajide's temple, sending him to his knees. As Olajide regained his footing at the count of nine, Steele asked, "Are you O.K.?"
"I'm all right," said Olajide, who wasn't. Tate came in, threw two wild punches and was tied up. More than two minutes remained in the round, but Olajide recovered quickly, and Tate seemed content merely to clinch and not press his advantage.
The fight went three more rounds, but the main drama had been played out, and the reading of the result was merely a formality. Judge Chuck Giampa had it 146-135; judge Bill Graham, 148-134; and judge Jerry Roth, 147-136.
Olajide, who hadn't fought since May 10 because proposed title bouts against Thomas Hearns and Iran Barkley had fallen through, was close to tears when he said later, "I was sleepwalking, and he caught me with a right hand. I don't want to blame it on ring rust, but it was my inability to let my punches go. My hands just wouldn't come out."
His father and trainer, Michael Sr., agreed. "I knew it from the first round," he said. "He was overtrained. This was not Michael Olajide. This was not the fighter that I have. This is a major disappointment for me." He paused, then said, "And for my kid."