2000-03-04 Paulie Ayala w pts 12 Johnny Bredahl, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA

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2000-03-04 Paulie Ayala w pts 12 Johnny Bredahl, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA. Referee: Richard Steele. Scorecards: 116-111, 115-113, 114-114. Bredahl (117½), enjoying a five-inch reach advantage and making good use of it, was a surprise package, and if it had not been for a second-round knockdown and the late run for home by Ayala (118) he could have nicked the title. The challenger seemed to be out in front over the first eight rounds, his lightweight jab scoring points while his movement made it difficult for the southpaw to get solid blows on target. That was before he began to tire and lose momentum as Ayala’s heavier punches took effect to warrant the split decision.

After Ayala beat Johnny Tapia (w pts 12 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas on 7 October 2000) for the vacant IBA featherweight title, there were fears that he would be moving up in weight. With that in mind, Eidy Moya outscored Saohin Srithai Condo over 12 rounds at the Agua University Gym, Maracay, Venezuela on 16 December to land the vacant WBA ‘interim’ title.