1995-07-15 Saman Sorjaturong w co 7 Humberto Gonzalez, Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBC/IBF

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1995-07-15 Saman Sorjaturong w co 7 Humberto Gonzalez, Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBC/IBF. Referee: Lou Filippo. The underdog, Sorjaturong (107½), became the first Thai to win a title in America when toppling Gonzalez (107½) from his throne, putting the champion down in the second before being decked himself in the fifth and sixth rounds. With both men badly cut in the second session, Sorjaturong over the right eye and Gonzalez over the left, the ringside doctor was on the verge of pulling the challenger out at the end of the sixth before giving him one more chance. Sorjaturong came out blazing in the seventh, with Gonzalez returning fire until two cracking right handers put him on his back. Somehow he struggled up, but after being blasted by a fusillade of punches the referee stepped in and rescued the brave champion 58 seconds into the session.

For whatever reason, Sorjaturong made no moves to defend the IBF version of the title and gave up his belt in December, an action that was followed by Michael Carbajal and Melchor Cob Castro being matched to find a successor.