1997-06-13 Dariusz Michalczewski w pts 12 Virgil Hill, The Arena, Oberhausen, Germany - WBO/WBA/IBF
1997-06-13 Dariusz Michalczewski w pts 12 Virgil Hill, The Arena, Oberhausen, Germany - WBO/WBA/IBF. Referee: John Coyle. Scorecards: 117-112, 116-113, 118-110. Fighting for three championship belts, despite the WBO saying that their title was not involved, Michalczewski (174½) took over from the third round onwards as Hill (173¾) began to fade. The American had won the first two rounds, scoring with good left jabs, but once Michalczewski had got into a rhythm there was no stopping him. Cutting off the ring and pushing Hill back, he began to control the fight with excellent left jabs and crosses right through o the final bell. Hill, who was cut above the left eye in the fourth, blamed a foot injury on his lack of mobility, while there were those who felt his future lay in a higher weight class.
Michalczewski relinquished the IBF version of the title a week later rather than defend against William Guthrie before 19 July. He also relinquished the WBA version of the title around the same time.