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 as he picked 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 he had little success and things appeared bleak for him as the final session got underway. Well down on the scorecards, Chavez knew he had to stop Taylor inside the next three minutes and having attacked the IBF champion non stop he shook him up with a big right before 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’ the referee decided that he was unfit to continue and stopped the contest 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 moved up a division and won the WBA welter title.