1996-12-07 Wilfredo Vazquez w rsc 5 Bernardo Mendoza, Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino, Indio, California, USA - WBA

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1996-12-07 Wilfredo Vazquez w rsc 5 Bernardo Mendoza, Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino, Indio, California, USA - WBA. Referee: Mitch Halpern. From the moment the bell rang to start the opening session it was difficult to see just how the veteran challenger would cope with Vazquez (126), being way down on reach and power. And so it proved. Trying all he knew, including jabbing and moving, Mendoza (123) failed on that score before resorting to holding on, and in the fifth round he was caught by a solid one-two and dropped as he charged in, barely beating the count. Back on his feet Mendoza was at the mercy of Vazquez, who landed some heavy, hurtful unreturned shots before the referee called it off with 23 seconds of the round remaining.