1999-04-24 Keith Holmes w rsc 7 Hacine Cherifi, MCI Centre, Washington DC, USA - WBC
1999-04-24 Keith Holmes w rsc 7 Hacine Cherifi, MCI Centre, Washington DC, USA - WBC. Referee: Frank Cappuccino. Coming back to regain the title Holmes (159) was a different man from the one who fought Cherifi (158) last time, and after he was cut over the right eye at the end of the third his whole demeanour changed. Holmes now had the bit between the teeth and was beginning to counter heavily with solid southpaw rights. Although hurt himself in the sixth, with Holmes looking to end the fight he found three or four big punches that had Cherifi wobbling in the seventh. Not letting up, when Holmes hit Cherifi with at least a dozen unanswered lefts and rights to the head the referee stopped the fight with 15 seconds of the session remaining.