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Local fighter dealt first loss

Hart graduate has fight called in second round on controversial call

Posted: December 18, 2009 10:35 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.
A controversial stoppage in the second round dealt 2000 Hart High graduate Said El Harrak his first professional loss Friday night in Hinckley, Minn. in a boxing match televised on Showtime.

After getting knocked down twice by undefeated Lanard Lane in the first round, El Harrak struggled to defend against the Houston-based fighter.

Lane landed a stiff jab to El Harrak (8-1) midway through the second round, then missed on a hook, yet the referee stepped in and called the fight.

El Harrak, who had a four-inch height advantage on Lane, implored the referee: "No, no. Don't stop it. Don't stop." El Harrak then dropped to the mat in disbelief.

The Showtime commentators opined that it was an early stoppage.

Lane (10-0) was the quicker fighter and landed early and often on El Harrak.

By the second round, El Harrak had developed a lump over one of his eyes.

He could never muster enough offense against Lane, yet he began to fight through the second round.

The fight was called at the 1:23 mark of the second round.

El Harrak, 27, was announced as being from Las Vegas by way of Santa Clarita and wore the letters "SCV" in big letters on the waistband of his camouflage trunks.


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