2001-11-30 Eric Lucas w rsc 8 Dingaan Thobela, Molson Centre, Montreal, Canada - WBC
2001-11-30 Eric Lucas w rsc 8 Dingaan Thobela, Molson Centre, Montreal, Canada - WBC. Referee: Laurence Cole. Boxing in a defensive mode with little on offer other than durability, Thobela (168), looking even older than his 35 years of age and performing more like a sparring partner, rarely gave the champion a problem and was nearly out of wind by the fifth. The sixth saw Lucas (167¾) ramping up the pace, but having hurt Thobela by the ropes there was a clash of heads that saw him pick up a badly cut left eye. Deducted a point for what was termed an accidental head butt Thobela was almost through for the night, and after taking heavy punishment from there onwards he was finally rescued by the referee at 2.15 of the eighth following a two-fisted hammering that left him in a dazed state on the ropes.