1986-06-23 Thomas Hearns w rsc 8 (12) Mark Medal, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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1986-06-23 Thomas Hearns w rsc 8 (12) Mark Medal, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Davy Pearl. Defending his title after nearly two years since his previous defence, his last two contests being at middleweight, Hearns (154) started well enough when flooring Medal (154) with a heavy right to the jaw in the first round. Getting back on his feet and forced to take the mandatory ‘eight’, Medal had difficulty lasting out the session. Allowed to continue, Medal made his way into the eighth where he shipped plenty of punishment without going down as Hearns hit him at will at times. The fact that Hearns damaged his right hand in the second probably explains why Medal remained upright for so long, but at 2.20 of the eighth the referee stopped the contest when it became apparent that the latter had no chance of winning.

Hearns relinquished the WBC version of the title in September 1986 due to difficulty making the weight. Following this, Duane Thomas and John Mugabi were matched to find a new champion.

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