2000-09-15 Jose Luis Castillo drew 12 Stevie Johnston, Pepsi Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA - WBC
2000-09-15 Jose Luis Castillo drew 12 Stevie Johnston, Pepsi Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA - WBC. Referee: Richard Steele. Scorecards: 114-114, 114-114, 114-115. Initially the result was given as a win for Johnston (135), who was trying to regain the title he had lost to Castillo (134). However, on reading the cards again when a mathematical error was discovered a draw was announced. It had been another gruelling fight between the pair, with Johnston favouring long southpaw jabs and crosses while Castillo concentrated on left hooks to the body. Johnston, who finished with a badly swollen right eye, had come into the contest knowing that his best chance lay in boxing at range, but the fact that he had slowed appreciably and that Castillo had reach on him meant him boxing at close quarters for long periods. At the end of the ninth, with Johnston flagging, it was the Mexican’s surge over the last three rounds that ultimately enabled him to retain the title.