2000-08-05 Clarence Adams w rsc 6 Andres Fernandez, Alliant Energy Centre, Madison, Wisconsin, USA - WBA
2000-08-05 Clarence Adams w rsc 6 Andres Fernandez, Alliant Energy Centre, Madison, Wisconsin, USA - WBA. Referee: Monte Oswald. Retaining his title at the first time of asking, Adams (122) finished the contest with a badly cut right eye and a fractured right hand after his challenger had been pulled out at 2.23 of the sixth when suffering a series of bad cuts on the left-hand side of his face. Having started lazily Adams finally exploded into action in the fifth on realising that the lanky Fernandez (121¾), constantly posing problems with his head, would have to be removed, and following another barrage of punches in the sixth it was the doctor who advised the referee that the challenger was cut too badly for him to continue.
With Adams sidelined suffering an injured hand, Antonio Cermeno, the WBA’ interim’ champion, was contracted to defend against Kozo Ishii in November 2000, prior to being arrested for an alleged involvement in a murder case. Despite being allowed to travel abroad for the contest the WBA decided to vacate the ‘interim’ title to allow Ishii to meet Yober Ortega instead, and on the proviso that Adams would defend against the winner when pronounced fit Ortega stopped Ishii in the 11th round to win the vacant WBA ‘interim’ title at the Rainbow Hall, Nagoya, Japan on 23 November.