1997-01-24 Pernell Whitaker w rsc 11 Diosbelys Hurtado, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC
1997-01-24 Pernell Whitaker w rsc 11 Diobelys Hurtado, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC. Referee: Arthur Mercante (jnr). Once again the southpaw champion disappointed and, behind on points on all three cards and very close to losing his title to Hurtado (146), he finally found the punches that mattered to force a stoppage at 1.52 of the 11th round. Down from a short right to the head within the opening 12 seconds, Whitaker (147) boxed his way back before being being dropped again by a fast left-right to the head in the sixth. While the taller Hurtado seemed to have the beating of Whitaker at that stage, the latter was still working the body in an attempt to weaken the Cuban and eventually his pressure told. Coming in to the 11th it was obvious that Whitaker needed a stoppage and after firing in a hard left to the head followed by a whole blast of punches, Hurtado finally wilted and was left hanging over the middle strand when the referee intervened. Prior to the finish, both men had been docked points for illegal blows, Hurtado in the fifth and seventh and Whitaker in the ninth.