1988-05-23 Fulgencio Obelmejias w pts 12 Chong-Pal Park, Waikiki Arena, Suanbao, South Korea - WBA
1988-05-23 Fulgencio Obelmejias w pts 12 Chong-Pal Park, Waikiki Arena, Suanbao, South Korea - WBA. Referee: Sean Curtin. Scorecards: 114-110, 115-110, 117-109. Using his extra reach to good effect and scoring well Obelmejias (166) made life difficult for Park (167), who concentrated on the body and was in contention up until the seventh. In that session Park was badly cut over the right eye by an accidental butt, losing ground thereafter as Obelmejias stepped up the pace. The recess after the eighth saw Park’s eye damage being inspected by the ringside doctor, but having been allowed to carry on he was sent down by a heavy left hook. From thereon it was all one-way traffic, with Park being knocked down twice more before bravely staying the course to lose heavily on points.
Following a walkout by 27 delegates at the WBA convention, held in Venezuela during October, the World Boxing Organisation was immediately formed, naming Thomas Hearns as its first champion at the weight.