1997-02-20 Gerry Penalosa w pts 12 Hiroshi Kawashima, Ryogoku Sumo Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WBC
1997-02-20 Gerry Penalosa w pts 12 Hiroshi Kawashima, Ryogoku Sumo Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WBC. Referee: Richard Steele. Scorecards: 116-112, 115-114, 114-115. In a battle between fellow southpaws, Kawashima (115), nicknamed ‘The Untouchable’ due to his fine defensive skills, dropped his title on a split decision when outscored by Penalosa (114½). Both men had their moments, but it was the challenger who came through on the scorecards after taking the last three rounds, having stalked the rapidly tiring Kawashima. Despite Kawashima being floored from a left to the temple just as the bell rang to end the second round, it was ruled a slip by the referee.