2002-01-12 Acelino Freitas w pts 12 Joel Casamayor, Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA/WBO
2002-01-12 Acelino Freitas w pts 12 Joel Casamayor, Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA/WBO. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 114-112, 114-112, 114-112. Dominating the first half of what was a ragged fight between men trying to unify two titles and scoring a knockdown in the third round, Freitas (129½), the WBO champion, was too busy for his WBA counterpart, Casamayor (129½), before being slowed down by rabbit punches in the sixth. Subsequently, Casamayor, who was cut over the left eye in the third, came back into the fight although still not doing enough in terms of punch-rate. By the ninth, however, the Cuban was connecting more often as Freitas, his right eye gashed, was fighting wildly. The last three sessions were close, but Freitas appeared to want it more and kept punching, while Casamayor, although getting in the better shots, probably thought he had done enough and relaxed. Ultimately, the only difference between them on the cards was the third-round knockdown for Freitas and the point deducted from Casamayor in the sixth for hitting on the break.
Following this contest, with Freitas considered by the WBA to be their ‘super’ champion, on 13 April Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai outpointed Lakva Sim over 12 rounds at the Provincial Hall, Nakornratchasima, Thailand to claim the ‘second tier’ title.