2000-08-19 Naseem Hamed w rsc 4 Augie Sanchez, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA - WBO
2000-08-19 Naseem Hamed w rsc 4 Augie Sanchez, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA - WBO. Referee: Michael Ortega. Although being given a bit of a scare when put down twice by solid right hands in the second round, despite the referee not counting them as such and being tagged with some ease in the third, Hamed (126) soon focused on successfully defending his title to turn things around in the fourth. Nailed early on in the fourth by two rights and a big left, Sanchez (126) was dropped, and on getting to his feet he was soon down again after Hamed had been deducted a point for hitting him while down the first time. Hamed was now in full cry. When a cracking left hook followed by a right-left-right parted Sanchez from his senses it left the referee no alternative but to stop the contest immediately, the finish being timed at 2.34.
Hamed relinquished the WBO version of the title in October in order to take on Marco Antonio Barrera for the lesser recognised IBO crown, an action that was followed by Istvan Kovacs and Antonio Diaz being matched to find a new champion.