1998-09-19 Jorge Eliecer Julio w pts 12 Adonis Cruz, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia, USA - WBO

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1998-09-19 Jorge Eliecer Julio w pts 12 Adonis Cruz, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia, USA - WBO. Referee: Luis Pabon. Scorecards: 118-110, 119-110, 118-110. In what was a very competitive match with no knockdowns and cuts to speak of, the shifty champion got stronger and stronger as the fight went on and ran out a worth winner over Cruz (117½), who failed to make better use of his long reach. Having picked up steam in the fourth after a slow start, Cruz was right in the mix up until the eighth, catching Julio (117½) with long rights and giving him all kinds of bother. But from there on in Julio went into overdrive, throwing good uppercuts along with solid lefts and rights as he followed the tiring, outworked Cruz from corner to corner to secure a worthy victory.