Bjoshua clottey Joshua Clottey of Ghana is the new International Boxing Federation welterweight champion. He beat Zab Judah of the United States Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada after the fight was stopped in the ninth round. The IBF title was vacant ahead of this fight.

Clottey won by a technical knockout after Judah was declared vision impaired. Judah had suffered a cut above his right eye, which was ruled an accidental headbutt by referee Robert Byrd.

Boxing analysts, however, say replays show it was caused by a punch. Since it was past the eight round, the rules of the fight called for a decision from the ringside judges.

Clottey was declared the winner 86-85 according to two judges and 87-84 by the third judge’s card.

Clottey has had two previous title attempts. One ended with what the The Canadian Press calls a “bizarre disqualification” to Carlos Manuel Baldomir in 1999. The other was a unanimous point defeat to current World Boxing Association champion, Antonio Margarito after he broke his right hand in the fifth round.

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Quake rocks southern California
The quake was felt as far east as Las Vegas, 230 miles away. LOS ANGELES | The strongest earthquake to strike a populated area of Southern California

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck southern California in the Chino Hills area (San Bernardino County) near Los Angeles California, east of Highway 142. It occurred at about 11:42 a.m. (PDT), and lasted approximately one minute.


Map highlighting possible areas of damage.
Image: USGS.

The USGS preliminary report states the earthquake’s epicenter was located near a golf course in an upscale community 3 km (2 miles) southwest from Chino Hills, or 47 km (29 miles) east-southeast of Los Angeles(33.959° N 117.752° W). It was centered about 7.6 miles below the surface. The shaking is reported to have been felt as far as away as San Diego and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fire officials have said that there have been no reports of injuries, deaths or damages, but the USGS states that damage could be moderate. Public safety officials are asking people who live in the area to inspect their homes for gas and water leaks, as well as to contact older or disabled relatives to check their safety. Officials advise evacuating homes if leaking gas can be detected.

As many as thirty-four aftershocks registering a magnitude 3.8 and lower have been recorded since the initial earthquake. The earthquake originally registered a 5.8, but was later reduced to a 5.4 by the USGS.

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