2002-03-16 Antonio Margarito w rsc 10 Antonio Diaz, Bally’s Park Place Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBO

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2002-03-16 Antonio Margarito w rsc 10 Antonio Diaz, Bally’s Park Place Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBO. Referee: Jay Nady. Contesting the vacant title, with Margarito (146½) pumping out both hands from the start although Diaz (147) came back to win the second by dint of a better technique the Mexican charged ahead, throwing punches frenetically at times. Margarito continued to dictate the pace, even outboxing the well-schooled Diaz in the seventh while also hurting him with long left uppercuts. In the tenth, with Margarito still busy behind the jab he finally got to Diaz with a doubled-up uppercut that dropped him to the floor. After gamely climbing to his feet and being battered by head punches, the referee called a halt at 2.17 of the session to save Diaz from taking further punishment.