2001-01-27 Istvan Kovacs w rsc 12 Antonio Diaz, Rudi Sedimayer Hall, Munich, Germany - WBO

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2001-01-27 Istvan Kovacs w rsc 12 Antonio Diaz, Rudi Sedimayer Hall, Munich, Germany - WBO. Referee: Samuel Viruet. Fighting for the title vacated by Naseem Hamed, Kovacs (126) became the new champion when he first outboxed Diaz (125½) and then outpunched him. Despite being cut under the right eye, Kovacs boxed well, using the ring and keeping out of range before starting to score regularly from the middle rounds onwards. After tiring badly in the 11th, Diaz was put down by a solid one-two to the head in the 12th. Back in the fray Diaz was dropped again by a good left-hook, and although getting up the referee deemed him not to be in a position to defend himself before stopping the contest with 62 seconds of the bout remaining.