2004-01-31 Antonio Margarito w rsc 2 Hercules Kyvelos, Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, USA - WBO

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2004-01-31 Antonio Margarito w rsc 2 Hercules Kyvelos, Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, USA - WBO. Referee: Raul Caiz. Although the challenger was unbeaten in 22 contests he had never fought anyone as good as Margarito (146¾), and while he had a decent jab he was unable to stop all the leather going in his direction, virtually being punched around the ring in the opening session. To his credit, Kyvelos (147) gave it his best shot in the second, but he was soon under pressure before being sent crashing by a left uppercut and a heavy right to the head. After getting up and being put under attack without any let-up, the referee, having seen the Canadian’s corner intimating that they wanted Kyvelos out of the fight, stopped it 54 seconds into the session.

On 17 July, at the Reliant Centre, Houston, Texas, Kermit Cintron stopped Teddy Reid in the eighth round of a contest to decide the vacant WBO ‘interim’ title and to secure a crack at Margarito.