1987-03-06 Antonio Esparragoza w rsc 12 (15) Steve Cruz, Will Rogers’ Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas, USA - WBA

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1987-03-06 Antonio Esparragoza w rsc 12 (15) Steve Cruz, Will Rogers’ Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas, USA - WBA. Referee: Ismael Fernandes. Making his first defence, Cruz (126) was under pressure almost from the opening bell as the tough Esparragoza (125¾) matched him punch for punch and more. Eventually, it became apparent that Cruz could not keep the hard-hitting, relentless challenger away, and in the 12th he was dropped by a terrific left hook. Although Cruz, swollen around both eyes, got up at ‘nine’ he was immediately smashed down again just as the referee called the fight off with just 32 seconds remaining.