1999-10-22 Naseem Hamed w pts 12 Cesar Soto, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA - WBC/WBO
1999-10-22 Naseem Hamed w pts 12 Cesar Soto, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA - WBC/WBO. Referee: Dale Grable. Scorecards: 115-110, 116-109, 115-110. Coming together to decide two titles, neither Soto (126) nor Hamed (126) covered themselves in glory, and with the former butting and the latter holding it certainly fell well below world title standards. Hamed, at least did land the more solid blows and produced the better boxing when able, but was deducted two points for a headlock in the fourth and a throw in the fifth before Soto was deducted a point in the eighth for blatant butting. The contest gradually petered out and although Hamed caught Soto with a solid right uppercut in the final session there was no more real action.
Hamed forfeited the WBC version of the title in January 2000 when not being available to meet the WBC’s leading contender, an action that was followed by Guty Espadas Jr and Luisito Espinosa being matched to find a new champion.