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 only not in line with a 9-1 outsider but 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. Although McGuigan came back strongly to have Cruz on the back foot, in the tenth when he was put down by a left hook the fight began to swing the American's way. While 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 to finish a spent force as the savage heat took its toll of him.