2000-01-08 Johnny Tapia w pts 12 Jorge Eliecer Julio, Pit University Arena, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - WBO

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8 January Johnny Tapia w pts 12 Jorge Elicier Julio, Pit University Arena, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - WBO. Referee: Mike Ortega. Scorecards: 116-111, 118-109, 119-108. For long periods of the fight, Tapia (117¾), who many expected would box his way to victory, was drawn into a slugging match against the hard-punching Julio (117¾). Occasionally dirty, with Julio having a point deducted in the seventh for repeated use of the elbow, it was right up the champion’s street. Despite that, the majority of Tapia’s points were gained when he was on his toes and controlling the action.