And, in effect, it was the cut man who beat Conteh, patching, patching, keeping Saad Muhammad in the fight until, in the 14th round, the champ finally caught Conteh with a massive left hook that put him down for an eight count and then a right that dropped him for another count of eight. They were stunning blows to the heretofore overconfident Conteh, who only needed to stay out of range for a couple of rounds to win. As it was, the judges scored it 144-143 and 146-139 for the champion; referee Carlos Padilla had it 147-142.
Later, a heavily patched Saad Muhammad intoned, "I have a road to travel. I am the chosen light heavyweight in the world and I will never lose my title." Perhaps not, but he'd better keep Adolph Ritacco in his corner.