Johnny Owen of Wales avenged
the only blemish on his record when he dethroned
European bantamweight champion Juan Rodriguez (31), Spain,
winning the 12 rounder on points. In their first encounter,
a year ago, Owen was the loser on a home-town decision in
Spain. This time, the Welshman was at home and Rodriguez was
having his first engagement abroad.
Owen is the 13th Briton to wear the crown since
Joe Bowker reigned in 1910. It was the division's 107th bout and Owen is
the 44th champion.
Referee Max Strangfeld, Denmark, judges Angelo
Poletti, Italy, and Edmond Meulenberg, Belgium, all scored in favor of
Owen, 120-115, 119-117 and 119-115, respectively.