1987-03-27 Brian Mitchell drew 15 Jose Rivera, Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBA
1987-03-27 Brian Mitchell drew 15 Jose Rivera, Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBA. Referee: Billy Yohan. Scorecards: 142-142, 142-142, 141-144. Floored for the automatic ‘eight’ in the fourth, Mitchell (129½), working well to the body and scoring with right uppercuts and left hooks, came back strongly against the hard-punching challenger in what turned out be a hard fight. Possessing a hurtful left jab and countering with both hands, Rivera (129) was always a handful and Mitchell, who was cut over the right eye in the sixth and under the left eye in the ninth, continued his relentless pace. In the last three rounds Rivera came on strong, cutting Mitchell over the left eye, but it wasn’t enough for victory in the eyes of two judges and he had to settle for the draw.