John Holds Off Juarez In Mayweather Undercard

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Chris John has retained his WBA featherweight title with an unanimous decision over Rocky Juarez, hanging on in the 12th round to win their second bout in seven months.

Lightweight Michael Katsidis also kept his comeback on track with a split-decision win over Vicente Escobedo on Saturday night on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s comeback fight against Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden.

John (43-0-2, 22 KOs) was clearly quicker through most of the rematch of the fighters' Feb. 28 bout, which ended with a rare unanimous draw in a fight many thought John won.

Juarez (28-5-1) staggered John with about one minute left in the bout, but John stayed upright on wobbly knees to remain unbeaten.