1989-12-07 Sugar Ray Leonard w pts 12 Roberto Duran, Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC
1989-12-07 Sugar Ray Leonard w pts 12 Roberto Duran, Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Richard Steele. Scorecards: 119-109, 116-111, 120-110. In one of the most disappointing contests between once great fighters Leonard (160) was content to stay on the outside, scoring whenever he could, while the ponderous Duran (158) followed after him. Several times Leonard had Duran on the verge of defeat, remaining contented on the outside, and it was not until the 11th that the action hotted up. That was when Leonard finally moved in on Duran before a heavy right from the Panamanian inflicted a bad cut on his left eye. With Leonard’s corner unable to stem the flow of blood it was surprising that Duran failed to take advantage of the situation, seemingly happy to plod along to the final bell. Afterwards, Leonard’s cut and other facial injuries would eventually require a total of 60 micro stitches to repair.
When Leonard relinquished the WBC version of the title in September 1990, saying he was too light to defend, a short while later Mauro Galvano, the European champion, and Dario Matteoni, the South American champion, were matched to decide the vacancy.