1988-10-29 Julio Cesar Chavez w tdec 11 Jose Luis Ramirez, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA/WBC
1988-10-29 Julio Cesar Chavez w tdec 11 Jose Luis Ramirez, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA/WBC. Referee: Richard Steele. Scorecards: 95-93, 96-94, 98-91. In a battle for two belts, Chavez (135) came out on top when he was adjudged to have won by a technical decision after the fight was stopped on the doctor’s advice, due to Ramirez (134) suffering a cut on the scalp following an accidental clash of heads in the 11th. Prior to that, Ramirez had maybe won a couple of rounds on sheer aggression, but in the main he had received a steady battering and although never floored many thought that it was just a matter of time. On going to the cards under WBC Rules, the judges were told to deduct a point from Chavez’s score after the referee felt that he was responsible for the accident, but there was still amazement when two of the judges made the latter the winner by just two rounds.
Following the WBA convention, held in Venezuela during October, in which 27 of the 71 delegates walked out in disgust, the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) was formed and Mauricio Aceves and Amancio Castro were nominated to contest the new organisation’s vacant title.
Chavez relinquished the WBA/WBC versions of the title on becoming WBC junior welterweight champion in May 1989, and while the WBC decided that Ramirez would meet the IBF champion, Pernell Whitaker, to decide their title, Edwin Rosario and Anthony Jones would fight it out for the WBA crown. Initially, Rosario was to have met John Duplessis, but when the latter pulled out due to a dispute with his manager, Jones stepped in.