1989-04-08 Jeff Fenech w pts 12 Marcos Villasana, National Tennis Centre, Melbourne, Australia - WBC

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1989-04-08 Jeff Fenech w pts 12 Marcos Villasana, National Tennis Centre, Melbourne, Australia - WBC. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 117-109, 118-109, 118-109. In an exciting but lopsided fight on the scoring element, Fenech (125½) held on to his title despite having broken his left hand in three places and damaging his right mitt also. As always, tough and stubborn, Villasana (125½), swollen around both eyes at the finish, made a good showing as he consistently threw hard punches, but it was Fenech, throwing two for one and always marching forward, who was a clear winner.

Immediately after the fight, Fenech announced that he would be retiring, naming hand injuries as the reason. However, the announcement was merely a ploy to take time out while promotional problems were sorted and he eventually came back on 24 November at the National Tennis Centre to win a 12-round points decision over Mario Martinez in a non-title bout, but again damaged his hands. In February it was reported that Fenech would almost certainly relinquish the title and Villasana, who had failed a Californian medical, would be meeting Chan-Mok Park to decide a new WBC champion, with the winner defending against Paul Hodkinson. Eventually, Fenech vacated the title in April to move up to junior lightweight and Villasana was cleared to fight for the vacant crown against Hodkinson, Park having decided to challenge for the WBA version of the championship instead.