1998-10-03 Antonio Cermeno w co 4 Genaro Rios, Jose Beracasa Gym, Caracas, Venezuela - WBA
1998-10-03 Antonio Cermeno w co 4 Genaro Rios, Jose Beracasa Gym, Caracas, Venezuela - WBA. Referee: Guillermo Perez. Contesting the vacant title after Freddie Norwood had been stripped, Cermeno (126) settled down quicker than Rios (126), who was making his third attempt to become champion, and was soon getting in some good shots to head and body. Although he’d had difficulty in making the weight, Rios began to press hard despite being outscored. He was even taking the fight to Cermeno in the fourth, but with just three seconds left of the session he was counted out having taken a cracking counter to the temple. Afterwards, Rios said that he failed to make a big enough effort to get up fearing his left eye was too badly cut for him to continue.