Kelcie Banks might have won a boxing match in the center of the ring, but he lost it on the ropes Monday night, costing him $55,000.
Banks, fighting Mexico's Fidel Avendano for the Forum's lightweight tournament championship, lost a unanimous decision before 5,075 and the winner's share of $65,000. That went to Avendano, 19, who faded in the stretch but won more than enough of the early and middle rounds.
In the co-feature, unbeaten Rosemead super-bantamweight Rudy Zavala stopped Virgilio Openio in the sixth round.
Banks too often let the harder-hitting Avendano trap him on the ropes and score heavily. But without an error by referee Dr. James Jen-Kin, Banks might still have won.
Banks (18-2-1), who had not hurt Avendano (32-1) once through 10 rounds, stunned him with three consecutive left hooks midway through the 11th. He then missed so wildly with a right that he lost his balance and fell. Apparently, Jen-Kin thought a knockdown had occurred and gave the shocked Banks a standing-eight count when he arose. After the breather Banks, from Las Vegas, never threatened again.