Dee Collier, counterpunching effectively and fighting the final three rounds with a badly injured right hand, captured the California heavyweight title Wednesday night by pounding out a unanimous 12-round decision over Mark Wills at Reseda's Country Club.
Collier used a five-inch reach advantage to pound away at Wills throughout the bout, hurting him in the eighth with three crushing right hands. Wills, the aggressor in the fight, landed solid body punches in every round, but never hurt Collier.
Collier, 26, of Los Angeles, hit Wills high on the head in the 10th round and immediately grimaced and began shaking his right hand. For the rest of the fight, Collier seldom used the right, instead piling up points with stinging left jabs and whistling left hooks.
Collier scored a first-round technical knockout over Randall (Tex) Cobb last Oct. 29, the first time Cobb had been stopped in more than 30 professional fights. The win Wednesday night gave the 212-pound Collier a 9-4 record.