2000-12-15 Dave Hilton w pts 12 Dingaan Thobela, Molson Centre, Montreal, Canada - WBC

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2000-12-15 Dave Hilton w pts 12 Dingaan Thobela, Molson Centre, Montreal, Canada - WBC. Referee: Elmo Adolph. Scorecards: 115-113, 117-111, 113-115. After nearly 20 years in the ring, Hilton (160½), eight pounds inside the weight limit, finally won a world title when taking a split decision over Thobela (166½). The contest had been extremely close, with no knockdowns, and had the referee taken a point from Hilton for low blows in the tenth the champion would have retained his title. It was Hilton going from head to body in short bursts against Thobela’s better boxing, and it was only when the latter began to tire that the Canadian got his nose in front.

After Hilton forfeited the WBC title in April 2001 on being jailed for sex crimes, Eric Lucas and Glenn Catley were matched to find a new champion.

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