2000-12-01 Marco Antonio Barrera w rtd 6 Jesus Salud, Venetian Casino Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBO

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2000-12-01 Marco Antonio Barrera w rtd 6 Jesus Salud, Venetian Casino Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBO. Referee: Joe Cortez. Coming back to form, Barrera (122) outpunched and outboxed Salud (122) before the latter was retired by his corner at the end of the sixth round. For the previous two rounds, the challenger, his right eye almost closed and not fighting back, had been worked over systematically by a mixture of jabs, combinations and body blows, and was beginning to look his 37 years of age. Although Salud had bothered Barrera in the third with his strength once that had gone there was nothing left for the former champion, the result being a formality.

Following his victory over England’s Naseem Hamed for the vacant IBO featherweight title on 7 April 2001, Barrera relinquished his WBO version of the title the following month in order to compete as a featherweight. To find a new champion, the WBO selected Agapito Sanchez and Jorge Monsalvo to contest the vacant title.