1996-11-30 Johnny Tapia w pts 12 Adonis Cruz, Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - WBO

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1996-11-30 Johnny Tapia w pts 12 Adonis Cruz, Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - WBO. Referee: Al Martinez. Scorecards: 117-111, 116-113, 119-113. Defending his title for the ninth time, Tapia (114) had a difficult night's work trying to catch up with Cruz (114½), who proved to be a real speedster as he raced around the ring. Although the challenger rarely scored, and was mainly in survival mode, Tapia was unable to catch up with him until the final three rounds before ultimately settling for the points.