2001-01-30 Yo-Sam Choi w co 7 Saman Sorjaturong, Central City Millennium Hall, Seoul, South Korea - WBC
2001-01-30 Yo-Sam Choi w co 7 Saman Sorjaturong, Central City Millennium Hall, Seoul, South Korea - WBC. Referee: Lupe Garcia. With accurate combinations and a good defence, Choi (107¾) quickly took the initiative and in round seven a solid jab floored Sorjaturong (106¼) for the full count, timed at 1.17.
Having decided to banish ‘interim’ titles at their annual convention, the WBC re-introduced them on 20 October at the Municipal Auditorium, Tijuana, Mexico when Jorge Arce outpointed Juanito Rubillar over 12 rounds. The situation had arisen after Choi’s promoter had been unable to raise the funds required for the champion to defend his title against Japan’s Shingo Yamaguchi on home territory and needed more time for the fight to take place in Japan. However, following Arce’s victory the winner of Choi v Yamaguchi would be asked to defend against him within 90 days.