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Freeman comes up short in NABF title shot

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LAS VEGAS — Despite going the distance in Saturday’s bout for the vacant North American Boxing Federation junior middleweight title, Wilson boxer Jamar Freeman lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Meiirim Nursultanov of Kazakhstan at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Freeman, unsuccessfully fighting for a championship for the third time in his career, fell to 15-7-2. Nursultanov, who remained unbeaten in nine professional fights, was sent to the scorecards for just the second time.

All three judges scored the bout 80-71 for Nursultanov, with Freeman losing a point one minute into the second round after being knocked down with an overhand right. On the knockdown, Freeman went to a knee and complained to referee Robert Byrd that he had been hit in the back of the head, but no foul was assessed.

Freeman didn’t back down in any round, but found himself getting outboxed in the close quarter exchamges.

It was the first fight for Freeman two weeks shy of an 18-month layoff, when he lost a six-round unanimous decision to Jeremy Ramos at the Durham Armory.

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