1982-06-27 S. T. Gordon w rsc 2 (15) Carlos De Leon, Front Row Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio, USA - WBC
1982-06-27 S. T. Gordon w rsc 2 (15) Carlos De Leon, Front Row Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio, USA - WBC. Referee: Carlos Padilla. After a fairly even opening round, the champion was caught by a big right to the jaw after taking the fight to Gordon (189) and following a barrage of blows followed by a left hook he was dropped. Forced to take the mandatory ‘eight’ count it was soon clear that De Leon (187) was still dazed and after being backed into a corner and taking a steady shellacking from both hands the referee stopped the contest with nine seconds of the session remaining.
In the aftermath the winner claimed he was unaware until shortly before the fight that the WBC had increased the weight-class limit from 190 to 195lbs and had he known he would have obviously come in heavier.
Later in the year, the WBA announced that, as from 1 January, all world title bouts held under their auspices would be contested over 12 rounds.