1989-07-08 John Mugabi w rsc 1 Rene Jacquot, Cergy-Pontoise Mirapolis Amusement Park, Paris, France - WBC

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1989-07-08 John Mugabi w rsc 1 Rene Jacquot, Cergy-Pontoise Mirapolis Amusement Park, Paris, France - WBC. Referee: Arthur Mercante. Pitted against the hard-hitting Mugabi (153½) was not the ideal contest for Jacquot (152½) to make his first defence, and right from the opening bell it looked as though he would be overpowered. The contest started with Mugabi stalking Jacquot and before too long a looping right hand to the head sent the latter crashing, his left leg bent under him. Although Jacquot got up quickly it could be seen that he was hobbling and despite the WBO commissioner shouting for it to be stopped the referee called ‘time out’ to allow the champion’s corner to work on what turned out to be knee-ligament damage. It was certainly a contentious decision. After approximately two minutes, Jacquot, still unable to stand properly, was sent out again, and on immediately being floored the fight was stopped. The finish was given as 2.53.