1984-02-26 Rocky Lockridge w co 1 (15) Roger Mayweather, Civic Centre, Beaumont, Texas, USA - WBA
1984-02-26 Rocky Lockridge w co 1 (15) Roger Mayweather, Civic Centre, Beaumont, Texas, USA - WBA. Referee: Larry Rozadilla. It was third time unlucky for Mayweather (130) regarding his title defence against Lockridge (128¼) as the latter obviously hadn’t read the script. With both men weighing each other up there was little activity at the start of the first round, but midway through the session Mayweather sent out two left jabs only to be countered over the top by a right hand that sent him down on his face. Although the champion was on his knees at ‘seven’ it was clear that he hadn’t recovered properly and he was counted out at 1.59 still in that position.
Back in April 1983, the newly formed United States Boxing Association/International (USBA/I), renamed the International Boxing Federation in October 1983, announced that they were recognising Mayweather as being the champion. However, following his defeat at the hands of Lockridge, the IBF were unable to do business with Lockridge and nominated Hwan-Kil Yuh, the undefeated OPBF featherweight champion, and Rod Sequenan, the OPBF 130lbs champion, to contest their vacant title.