1990-04-28 Thomas Hearns w pts 12 Michael Olajide, Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBO

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1990-04-28 Thomas Hearns w pts 12 Michael Olajide, Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBO. Referee: Tony Orlando. Scorecards: 119-107, 120-107, 119-110. Despite picking his shots well the champion was no longer the great fighter of the recent past, and had Olajide (166½) gone looking for him the result could well have been different. Prior to the ninth Hearns (168) had done the better work, being ahead in an absorbing if not exciting contest, but in that session he finally had Olajide over from a whistling right to the jaw. After Olajide got up at ‘six’, when Hearns put everything into a finish, having exhausted himself he spent the remainder of the contest on the defensive to make sure of the win. Olajide, who had a point deducted in the fourth for going low, would never again have a better chance to become champion and retired just one fight later.

Hearns relinquished his WBO version of the title in April 1991 to concentrate on his WBA light heavyweight challenge against Virgil Hill, which was followed by Michael Watson and Chris Eubank being matched to decide the vacancy.

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