1999-06-26 Paulie Ayala w pts 12 Johnny Tapia, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA
26 June Paulie Ayala w pts 12 Johnny Tapia, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 115-114, 116-113, 116-113. In what was a closely fought contest it was a shame that either man had to lose, especially Tapia (118), who was shorn of his title on the result. However, for the southpaw Ayala (118) it was a dream come true after he had matched the champion round after round. Reckoned by Bob Arum, the promoter, to be the best bantam title fight ever, it had everything that you would wish to see - skilful boxing, heavy punches to head and body and great competitiveness - and although the unanimous decision in favour of Ayala was debated by all and sundry, it was the cleaner punching of the latter that apparently won him the fight.