1986-06-23 Steve Cruz w pts 15 Barry McGuigan, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA
1986-06-23 Steve Cruz w pts 15 Barry McGuigan, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA. Referee: Richard Steele. Scorecards: 143-142, 143-139, 142-141. Coming in as a substitute, Cruz (126) shocked the champion with a display that was not in line with a 9-1 outsider and one that was good enough to take the title from the ‘Golden Boy’ of British boxing. At times it looked as though McGuigan (126) had too much for his rival, but in the sixth round Cruz got through with some solid blows and in the seventh when the former was cut on the left eye things began to look tough. McGuigan, though, came back strongly to have Cruz on the back foot, but in the tenth he was put down by a left hook and the fight began to swing Cruz’s way. Although McGuigan appeared to be just ahead at the start of the 15th, any lead he may have had simply disappeared after he was dropped twice more and finished a spent force as the savage heat took its toll of him.