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February 07, 1988

Greg Haugen earned a one-sided 15-round decision over Vinny Pazienza to reclaim the International Boxing Federation lightweight championship at Atlantic City, N.J.

Haugen, who had lost the title to Pazienza on a 15-round unanimous decision last June 7 in Providence, R.I., established control in the first round and kept Pazienza off balance with a punishing left jab.

Judges Gary Merritt and Stuart Winston each scored it for Haugen, 147-138. Judge Lynne Carter favored Haugen, 145-140.

Pazienza, who had his nose broken in the first fight, had it broken again in the third or fourth round. He had a cut open over his left eye in the ninth.

Haugen, 28, is 21-1-1 with 10 knockouts. Pazienza, 25, of Cranston, R.I., lost for the first time after 23 victories, 18 by knockout.

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