2001-09-08 Vassiliy Jirov w rsc 8 Julian Letterlough, Lawlor Events Centre, Reno, Nevada, USA - IBF

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2001-09-08 Vassiliy Jirov w rsc 8 Julian Letterlough, Lawlor Events Centre, Reno, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Jay Nady. Winning every round on the cards, the champion had a field day against the tough, six-inch shorter Letterlough (186½), who came out fast before being almost finished off by powerful southpaw blows in the opening session. Taking a steady beating at the hands of Jirov (190) for round after round the only surprise was that Letterlough stayed upright for so long and on several occasions he looked one punch away from defeat. In the seventh, Letterlough, battered to head and body, was almost finished off and, in the eighth the referee pulled him out at 1.24 of the session when he was almost knocked senseless by a left uppercut to the jaw after being hit by all manner of heavy shots.