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Tomlinson defends IBO title in darkness
Sam Lienert
23:50 AEST Fri May 18 2012

Australia's Will Tomlinson has successfully defended his IBO super featherweight title in bizarre fashion, after a power failure forced an early end to his fight with Mexico's Daniel Ruiz.

Tomlinson, 25, who was staging his first defence of the title he won in Perth last November, was awarded a unanimous points victory despite the bout lasting just seven of a scheduled 12 rounds.

In front of a capacity 2000-strong crowd, The Pavilion in Melbourne went dark at the end of the seventh round due to a blackout in the area, with Tomlinson well on top.

After deliberating for about 10 minutes and with no back-up source of lighting, officials declared Tomlinson the winner.

The 25-year-old Victorian had been in control, putting Ruiz on the canvas with a big left in the opening round.

Constantly on the attack, he sent him staggering to the ropes with another big left in the third round.

By the end of the sixth, blood was oozing from Ruiz's nose and, after the seventh, it was also trickling from a cut under his eye, with Tomlinson well in control.

The only notable damage sustained by the Australian was a cut above his left eye, courtesy of a clash of heads in the third round.

Tomlinson said he was proud of the way he fought, but had mixed feelings about the way the fight ended.

"I'm shattered, I don't know what exact reading that's going to leave on my record, maybe winner by technical decision, but as long as that W is on my record," Tomlinson said.

The Australian remains undefeated.

But he said he felt better about the way he achieved the win because he felt he would have ended the fight within another one or two rounds anyway.

"As long as the fans knew that victory was inevitable I'm happy," he said.