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Boxer narrowly misses out on title

Marcos Nader failed in his first title bid after an undecided 12-round battle against Spanish titleholder Roberto Santos.

Nader was magnanimous over the ruling, saying his impression was that he had overall been the better fighter but accepting the judges decision.

The Viennese boxer controlled the fight at the start with fast jabs, brisk combinations and also by avoiding Santos ramming left by stepping out of reach in time. The tide turned around at midway, when the Spaniard started rolling forward and bloodying Naders nose - scoring now and than with his left.

Nader seemed to run out of gas during the final rounds of the bout and judges decided his efforts not enough to dethrone the man from Valencia who's current score advanced to 18-6-3, while Marcos Nader's figures stand at 16-0-1.

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