2000-05-25 Freddie Norwood w pts 12 Julio Pablo Chacon, Falklands Argentinian Stadium, Mendoza, Argentina - WBA
2000-05-25 Freddie Norwood w pts 12 Julio Pablo Chacon, Falklands Argentinian Stadium, Mendoza, Argentina - WBA. Referee: Stan Christodoulou. Scorecards: 117-110, 118-109, 116-112. Overcoming all non-boxing related problems, Norwood (126) started well when dropping the nervous Chacon (125¾) with a southpaw left in the third round before controlling most of the action from there on in. Chacon’s best opportunity of getting something from the fight came in the ninth when Norwood’s right eye gave out, but the latter proved too slippery to be caught again, showboating his way to the final bell.
Due to make a defence on 9 September against Derrick Gainer at The Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, Norwood came in over the weight at 127¾lbs, thus forfeiting his title on the scales. The fight went ahead, and with Norwood being stopped inside 11 rounds Gainer was named champion on his victory.