2000-02-12 Vassiliy Jirov w rsc 9 Saul Montana, Bank of America Centre, Boise, Idaho, USA - IBF
2000-02-12 Vassily Jirov w rsc 9 Saul Montana, Bank of America Centre, Boise, Idaho, USA - IBF. Referee: Jerry Armstrong. In what was a very competitive fight up until the eighth when the champion finally gained control, the hard-hitting Montana (189½) was always in with a chance. Starting behind the southpaw right jab, Jirov (189½) scored well in the opening two sessions, but took some heavy two-handed shots in the third as Montana eventually got going. The fourth and fifth rounds saw both men trading from head to body before Montana came on with hard rights to the body in the sixth and seventh, which were his best rounds. At that stage of the contest Jirov took over, scoring well with heavy blows to the head. With five seconds of the ninth remaining the fight was stopped by the referee after Montana had been shaken up badly following a left to the temple and several follow-up punches. Montana then slumped to the floor where he lay for several minutes before recovering.