1998-02-21 Khalid Rahilou w pts 12 Jean-Baptiste Mendy, Bercy Sports Palace, Paris, France - WBA

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1998-02-21 Khalid Rahilou w pts 12 Jean-Baptiste Mendy, Bercy Sports Palace, Paris, France - WBA. Referee: Carlos Berrocal. Scorecards: 115-111, 115-112, 114-113. Following a cautious start by both men, Mendy (139) broke the tension when dropping the champion for ‘four’ with a right hook in the third but was unable to find a finishing blow. The contest then swayed back and forth as both men looked to get their punches off, there never being much between them. Even after the ninth when Rahilou (139¾) knocked Mendy over with a right and followed it up in the next session with an all-out attack did the latter back down. Coming out for the 11th it could be seen that Rahilou had tired himself out, but he still found the punches to hurt Mendy. Although Mendy gave it everything in the 12th to win the round it was not enough.