2000-04-15 Fernando Vargas w pts 12 Ike Quartey, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF
2000-04-15 Fernando Vargas w pts 12 Ike Quartey, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 116-111, 114-113, 116-111. Defending his title against the dangerous Quartey (152) was always going to be a tough one for Vargas (153½), but despite his left eye being badly swollen and losing a point in the fourth round when going low, he came through with flying colours to take a unanimous points decision. It was the left lead that won it for Vargas, as it not only scored him points but also stopped Quartey from getting off power punches, which allowed him to control the fight. The last three sessions saw Vargas pick it up with combinations and left hooks to head and body to make sure of victory.