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, who was matched against Darrin Allen to decide the vacancy. After Michalczewski handed back the WBA belt around the same time, the former European champion, Eddie Smulders, was selected to meet Lou Del Valle to contest the vacant title.