Chris Byrd and DaVarryl Williamson are two of the finest gentlemen in the heavyweight division. Unfortunately, that made for a dreadfully dull encounter in Reno, Nevada that was won by Byrd. Neither man fought with a sense of urgency or agression, which is surprising because Byrd's career was put on ice for nearly 11 months due to a dispute with his promoter Don King, and Williamson is a veteran not likely to get a second title shot after losing this one. The constant friction with King seemed to have taken its toll on Byrd, Boxingtalk's #2 heavyweight. When the scorecards were read, Byrd prevailed by scores of 115-113 and 116-112 (twice) to retain his IBF title. Boxingtallk's Charles Presnell scored it 118-110 from ringside. "I need to be active... I am tired of being with a promoter that always puts me on the shelf," said a frustrated Byrd afterwards. He will now likely engage in an ugly legal struggle with King in the near future. Meanwhile, Williamson will have an uphill battle if he wants another title shot. "This was a huge opportunity that I let slip through my fingertips," he said afterwards.