2000-03-17 Stevie Johnston w rsc 2 Julio Alvarez, Magness Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA - WBC
2000-03-17 Stevie Johnston w rsc 2 Julio Alvarez, Magness Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA - WBC. Referee: Vic Drakulich. Starting to find the challenger with the southpaw jab right from the opening bell, Johnston (134½) was soon slamming in left crosses to good effect before suffering a gash over the left eye, which looked like it could curtail his progress. Although Johnston was still outpunching Alvarez (135), the latter was getting bolder and when he came out for the second he was intent on taking advantage of his good fortune. However, with time not on his side, Johnston began firing away with both hands and after detonating a left cross-right hook on Alvarez’s jaw, with the Mexican lurching along the ropes from the effects of further solid blows the referee jumped in to his rescue. The finish was timed at 2.35 of the second.