2000-08-26 Fernando Vargas w rsc 4 Ross Thompson, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF
2000-08-26 Fernando Vargas w rsc 4 Ross Thompson, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Joe Cortez. Refusing to touch gloves with Thompson (153½), who had attacked him at the pre-fight press conference, the champion was too pent up to settle immediately and it wasn’t until the third round that he eventually got going with a vengeance. After being messed about early in the session by Thompson and then having a point deducted for hitting behind the head, Vargas (153) got the message and it was fight on. Storming into the attack, Vargas hurt Thompson with a big left and moments later floored him. Back on his feet and attacked by a barrage of blows, Thompson was saved by the bell, having been floored again, and was still badly dazed when a hard left-right decked him early in the fourth. It was obvious that the fight was drawing to an end and when Vargas rifled in punch after punch to leave Thompson half sitting on the bottom rope the referee jumped in quickly to call it off, the finish being timed at 1.07.