1988-11-02 Brian Mitchell w pts 12 Jim McDonnell, Elephant & Castle Recreation Centre, Southwark, London, England - WBA
1988-11-02 Brian Mitchell w pts 12 Jim McDonnell, Elephant & Castle Recreation Centre, Southwark, London, England - WBA. Referee: Isidro Rodriguez. Scorecards: 118-110, 117-112, 119-113. Despite holding his own with nice boxing over the first six rounds the unbeaten challenger began to slip when Mitchell (130) came on strong from the seventh onwards, with body punches finding their target more often. There was no doubt that McDonnell (130), slowing up appreciably, was landing less as he spent more time avoiding blows, although the 11th saw him fighting back well before the South African got back in the driving seat in the final three minutes.
Following the formation of the World Boxing Organisation (WBO), which was set up in November following 27 of 71 delegates walking out of the WBA convention held in Venezuela during October, the new organisation vacated the title before nominating fellow Puerto Ricans, John John Molina and Juan Laporte, to meet to decide their version of the championship.