2000-12-16 Mauricio Martinez w rsc 1 Esham Pickering, The Arena, Sheffield, England - WBO
16 December Mauricio Martinez w rsc 1 Esham Pickering, The Arena, Sheffield, England - WBO. Referee: Rudy Battle. Showing his inexperience, Pickering (117¾), challenging for the title after boxing more recently at featherweight, was caught cold by Martinez (117½) and blasted down twice. The second knockdown forced the referee to stop the fight after just 72 seconds in order to get the stricken fighter medical help quickly. Too upright and too easy to hit with the right hand Pickering could have been rescued after the first knockdown after getting up at the count of ‘four’, but being the home fighter he was given every chance.