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Sanders Claims World Masters Boxing Title

Spurred on by a controversial final bout a year ago that saw him settle for the runner-up spot, Kelowna’s George Sanders returned to Independence, Mo. on the weekend to claim the Ringside World Championship masters featherweight boxing title.

In a one-bout, winner-take-all matchup in the 125-pound (55 kilos) division with hometown favourite, Mark Brown of Kansas, Sanders won a second-round technical knockout.

“I think my power made all the difference this year,” said Sanders, 57, who had defeated Brown, 61, in a semifinal bout in 2013, but lost a split decision to 60-year-old defending champion Edmund Choi of Cincinnati in the title match. “Dave Habib (his coach) got me working on a couple of details that resulted in a more complete extension of my punches.”

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