1987-10-16 Matthew Hilton w rsc 2 (15) Jack Callahan, Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF

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1987-10-16 Matthew Hilton w rsc 2 (15) Jack Callahan, Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF. Referee: Rudy Battle. Although the slow moving challenger was unbeaten in 24 contests none of the men on his record were remotely of world class. Thus, it was hardly surprising that Hilton (154) brought about a finish after just two completed rounds. The first punch of the fight, a left jab, jolted Callahan (154) backwards, and whilst he somehow got through the opening session he was soon cut over the right eye in the second prior to being dropped by a left hook. Up on his feet Callahan was quickly under the cosh before a right to the head dropped him again. The bell rang at the count of ‘six’ but the referee continued to count. Even though the badly dazed Callahan made it up at ‘nine’ and staggered back to his corner, the fight was called off by the third man following a consultation with the doctor.

This would be the last 15-round world title fight for the weight class after the IBF announced the following year that, from 1 September 1988, all world title bouts held under their banner would be contested over 12 rounds, bringing them into line with the WBA and WBC.

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