From our FOTW Lester Ellis v Barry Michael (IBF jr. lightweight title) Round 1: 10-9 Michael Round 2: 10-9 Michael Round 3: 10-9 Ellis Round 4: 10-9 Michael Round 5: 10-9 Michael Round 6: 10-9 Michael Round 7: 10-10 Even Round 8: 10-10 Even Round 9: 10-9 Michael Round 10: 10-10 Even Round 11: 10-9 Michael Round 12: 10-9 Michael Round 13: 10-9 Michael Round 14: 10-9 Michael Round 15: 10-9 Michael Total: 149-139 Michael (actual scores: 147-139, 147-140 and 145-140 all for Michael) Do not look at these scores and think for a minute that this was some white-wash of a fight. It certainly was not, with every round close. Michael started out pounding the body and stuck with it for 15 rounds. Ellis was tall and rangy but after unleashing a beautiful sharp combo, he would fall into a clinch where, of course, Michael would pound the body. This body work paid dividends in rounds 11 through 15 where it was wilting Ellis. I think Joe Bugner, who was commentating ringside, said it best in around the 9th round, when he said that Michael wasn't giving Ellis the room to get extension on his punches. I thought that was a very apt assessment. When Ellis could fire off a combo, it was beautiful and sharp, but then he would fall back into the clinch. The only thing I would disagree with Bugner on, was that I don't think it was entirely Michael's doing. It was like Ellis wasn't getting the instruction to stay the hell out of an inside fight. Perhaps with the animosity these two showed each other and the inside goading, it may have been a testosterone-fueled point to fight it out on the inside. Much to Michael's liking.