Sport in Short: Boxing

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The Independent Online
GIOVANNI PARISI, of Italy, retained his World Boxing Organisation lightweight championship title when he beat Michael Ayers, of Great Britain, on points over 12 rounds in Rome on Friday.

PROFESSIONAL PROMOTION (Washington, County Durham): 6-rd super-middleweight: R Bustin (Norwich) bt P Hitch (Wingate) pts. 6-rd light-heavyweight: T French (Dunston) bt S McDougall (Blackpool) pts. 10-rd for vacant Northern Area light-welterweight title: P Charters (North Shields) bt K McKenzie (Hartlepool) rsf 4th. 6-rd middleweight: D Johnson (Boldon) bt M Phillips (Warrington) pts. 4-rd lightweight: M Hall (Ludworth) drew with J T Kelly (Hartlepool).