1995-08-19 Miguel Angel Gonzalez w pts 12 Lamar Murphy, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC
1995-08-19 Miguel Angel Gonzalez w pts 12 Lamar Murphy, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Mitch Halpern. Scorecards: 117-109, 114-112, 114-114. Making his tenth defence, Gonzalez (135) just about retained his title after being deducted two points for low blows in the second and sixth rounds and finding Murphy (135) to be an extremely tough obstacle in his path for most of the fight. While Gonzalez concentrated on the body, for much of the time the unsung Murphy was the busier of the pair, impressing with his strong finish to many of the rounds. Murphy, who suffered a badly swollen left eye, occasionally confused the champion when switching to southpaw and thumping away, and was always firing back after being hurt. However, Gonzalez picked his punches better.
It came as no surprise when Gonzalez relinquished the WBC version of the title in February 1996 due to weight-making problems, an action that was followed by Murphy and Jean-Baptiste Mendy being brought together to find a new champion.