1999-06-26 Stevie Johnston w pts 12 Aldo Rios, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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1999-06-26 Stevie Johnston w pts 12 Aldo Rios, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Jay Nady. Scorecards: 117-112, 118-110, 116-112. Although the southpaw champion won easily enough he was never able to subdue Rios (134½), who clutched and held at every opportunity while continually retreating for round after round. Unable to cut the ring down, Johnston (135), whose left eye was damaged in the seventh, became more and more agitated before resorting to lunging in wildly without success. Having been caught by solid right uppercuts in the eighth it was obvious that Johnston had to do better. Taking that into account he came on strongly in the last three sessions, rocking Rios with a big left in the 11th, and making sure there were no more slip ups.