1988-11-05 Antonio Esparragoza w co 8 Jose Marmolejo, Sports Palace, Marsala, Italy - WBA

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1988-11-05 Antonio Esparragoza w co 8 Jose Marmolejo, Sports Palace, Marsala, Italy - WBA. Referee: Bernie Soto. The challenger started well enough and had the better of the early exchanges, but it was clear by the end of the opening session that the power was with Esparragoza (125¾). Despite one judge having Marmolejo (126) doing rather better than he was the Panamanian was soon falling behind, and by the midway stage he was beginning to take a beating. Knocked down twice and pounded incessantly, Marmolejo was eventually counted out at 1.26 of the eighth after taking heavy blows to the head and body.

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 set up and nominated Maurizio Stecca and Pedro Nolasco to contest the vacant title.