2001-03-03 Byron Mitchell w rsc 12 Manny Siaca, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA

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2001-03-03 Byron Mitchell w rsc 12 Manny Siaca, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA. Referee: Jay Nady. Contesting the title vacated by Bruno Girard, Mitchell (168) overcame a points deficit to stop Siaca (168) with just 28 seconds of the fight remaining. Siaca had made a good start, scoring well with long lefts and rights over the top as Mitchell came onto him and firing in solid right uppercuts at close range. Mitchell was also busy and by the end of the seventh there was significant damage to Siaca’s left eye. Things turned in Mitchell’s favour in the ninth when he dropped Siaca with a cracking right, but after the latter was back in action both men had a point deducted for carrying the fight on after the bell. Although Siaca came back strongly in the next two sessions and looked to be well on his way to victory in the 12th, tragedy struck when he missed with a right and walked on to a tremendous left hook to the jaw that sent him down to be counted out.