2000-05-06 Johnny Tapia w pts 12 Pedro Javier Torres, Pan-American Centre, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - WBO
2000-05-06 Johnny Tapia w pts 12 Pedro Javier Torres, Pan-American Centre, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - WBO. Referee: Rocky Burke. Scorecards: 118-107, 119-107, 119-107. After having to lose three pounds in six weeks, while Tapia (118) somehow made the required weight he was probably lucky to be fighting a man who had only won one of his last four contests. Even though he knocked his challenger down twice Tapia failed to impress. He seldom used his jab and was unable to figure out Torres (117¾), who ran for most of the fight, before ultimately settling for a wide points win.
When Tapia handed in his WBO belt in August 2000 due to weight-making difficulties a contest between Mauricio Martinez and Lester Fuentes that was intended to be for the ‘interim’ title was upgraded in order to find a new champion.