2000-06-17 Jose Luis Castillo w pts 12 Stevie Johnston, Bicycle Casino, Bell Gardens, California, USA - WBC
2000-06-17 Jose Luis Castillo w pts 12 Stevie Johnston, Bicycle Casino, Bell Gardens, California, USA - WBC. Referee: Chuck Hassett. Scorecards: 115-113, 116-111, 114-114. Quickly into his stride, Johnston (135) picked the challenger off with southpaw jabs before drawing him on to countering uppercuts in the opening two rounds, and this looked to be the pattern of the fight until he decided to go head to head in the third. A close-quarter battle certainly suited Castillo (135) more than it did Johnston, the Mexican warrior coming more and more into the reckoning as both men ripped in punches to head and body. There was no let-up in the last three sessions, two of which went to Castillo who had fought at the same pace throughout, and at the final bell both of Johnston’s eyes were almost swollen tight in what had been a war of attrition. There were no knockdowns, but it had been tough.