5 WBC super hyped fights in the super lightweight division
Jose Carlos Ramirez faces Jose Zepeda in the second defense of his WBC super lightweight title this weekend.
Ahead of Saturday’s showdown, we take a look at five memorable WBC super lightweight clashes, in no particular order.
Chavez v Taylor, March 17, 1990
Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
Julio Cesar Chavez stopped Meldrick Taylor with two seconds remaining of their unification showdown to cement his status as a ring legend. Chavez was trailing on points and facing his first defeat after 68 straight wins due to Taylor’s superior hand speed. However, the Mexican warrior caught up with the former Olympian in the final round and dropped him with a powerful right. Taylor hauled himself to his feet with the help of the ropes but referee Richard Steele waved off the fight when the American failed to coherently respond to his questions.
Mayweather v Gatti, June 25, 2005
Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Floyd Mayweather handed Arturo Gatti a brutal beating to become a three-weight WBC champion. Mayweather, headlining a pay-per-view card for the first time, dazzled brave Gatti with his speed and accuracy from the opening bell. The undefeated future pound-for-pound star landed with every shot in the book, stringing together five and six-punch combinations before Gatti’s trainer, Buddy McGirt, stopped the fight after six rounds to save his man from further punishment.
Garcia v Khan, July 14, 2012
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Danny Garcia floored Amir Khan three times to win his second world title in as many fights. The Philadelphia fighter, in the first defense of his WBC crown, started on the back foot as Khan controlled the opening two rounds with his fast hands. However, a left-hook counter sent the Briton crashing to the canvas with 30 seconds remaining in the third round. Garcia followed up with two further knockdowns in the next, prompting referee Kenny Bayless to call a halt.
Crawford v Indongo, August 19, 2017
Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska
Terence Crawford knocked out Julius Indongo in three rounds to make history by becoming only the second man to unify all four major world titles. The American dropped his fellow undefeated champion in the second round and finished off the job with a body shot in the next to follow Bernard Hopkins into boxing’s record books.
Tszyu v Judah, November 3, 2001
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Kostya Tszyu stopped Zab Judah in two rounds to become the first undisputed 140-pound champion in 30 years. The Soviet-born Australian lost the opening round but floored Judah with a right hand in the second. Judah jumped to his feet quickly but then stumbled across the ring and fell to the canvas, prompting referee Jay Nady to stop the fight. The American responded to the stoppage by throwing a stool and trying to hit Nady.