1997-03-01 Julien Lorcy drew 12 Arnulfo Castillo, Carpentier Hall, Paris, France - WBO

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1997-03-01 Julien Lorcy drew 12 Arnulfo Castillo, Carpentier Hall, Paris, France - WBO. Referee: Samuel Viruet. Scorecards: 112-112, 113-113, 116-112. Following Regilio Tuur’s retirement, Lorcy and Castillo, who were both unbeaten, came together to decide the WBO’s version of the championship, but were unable to do so after the judges’ cards decreed otherwise. The fight itself saw Lorcy (129¼) make a dreadful start when he was twice floored by straight lefts in the opening round by the Mexican southpaw. Pulling himself together Lorcy came back strongly to cut Castillo (129) over the left eye in the fifth before almost finishing him off in the eighth with a tremendous right to the jaw. It was stirring stuff as the two men fought for supremacy, first one and then the other making inroads, and it led to a grandstand finish as Lorcy, cut over both eyes, gradually pegged back any leeway only to be set upon in the final session. With it being very close, if Castillo had not had a point deducted for the use of the elbow in the 12th he would have won.

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