2001-10-08 Raul Horacio Balbi w pts 12 Julien Lorcy, Port of Versailles Sports Palace, Paris, France - WBA
2001-10-08 Raul Horacio Balbi w pts 12 Julien Lorcy, Port of Versailles Sports Palace, Paris, France - WBA. Referee: Rafael Ramos. Scorecards: 115-112, 117-110, 114-114. Cut around the right eye in the third round, testament to the strong challenger’s punching power, Lorcy gamely tried to stay in the fight even when hit by solid left uppercuts thrown in clusters. There was no doubt that Lorcy (134½) was falling behind, with Balbi (134½) firing in big punches in virtually every session, and in the seventh he was dropped for ‘four’ after walking on to a smashing right. However, Lorcy was not going to give up the title lightly and he began to hit back with solid rights in the ninth through to the final bell, often beating Balbi to the punch, but it was not enough for the judges who had him well behind at the finish.