1990-03-17 Julio Cesar Chavez w rsc 12 Meldrick Taylor, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBC
1990-03-17 Julio Cesar Chavez w rsc 12 Meldrick Taylor, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBC. Referee: Richard Steele. Contesting two titles, Taylor (139¾) made a great start against the more fancied Chavez (139½), making him look slow while picking him off with lightning left jabs and bursts of hooks from both hands over the opening six rounds. It was only in the seventh that Chavez began to catch up with Taylor as the pace of the fight slowed, but after a brief bout of slugging the latter got back to his boxing when mixing it up with solid blows. At the start of the 11th Chavez had it all to do, but despite him pressing Taylor all the way, with him having little success things appeared bleak for him as the final session got underway. Well down on the scorecards, Chavez, who knew he had to stop Taylor inside the next three minutes, attacked the IBF champion non-stop before stunning him with a big right and dropping him with a similar blow. Badly shaken and carrying a damaged left eye Taylor made it to his feet at ‘five’, but on reaching the mandatory ‘eight’ when the referee decided that he was unfit to continue the contest was stopped with just two seconds left on the clock.
With arguments raging as to whether the referee should have noticed that the end of the round was only moments away, and many calling for an immediate rematch, two fights later Taylor had won the WBA welter title.