2002-01-19 Julio Pablo Chacon w pts 12 Victor Polo, York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England - WBO

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2002-01-19 Julio Pablo Chacon w pts 12 Victor Polo, York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England - WBO. Referee: Roberto Ramirez. Scorecards: 115-112, 114-113, 113-114. Boxing on the back foot with the jab, the lanky southpaw challenger made things difficult for Chacon (125½), who seemed bemused at times, but having been dropped by a straight left in the fourth and his right eye cut in the fifth the latter began to fight back. In the sixth, with Chacon at last forcing Polo (125) to trade, the Colombian was cut on the right eye and from thereon began to press inteligently by making Polo fight his fight. After being tagged by a solid left uppercut in the ninth, Polo took a mandatory count and with Chacon now back on track the expected rally from Polo failed to materialise, but there was still little in it at the final bell.

Following Chacon pulling out at short notice when due to defend against Scott Harrison, the WBO gave its blessing to the replacement match between Harrison and Victor Santiago at the Braehead Arena, Renfrew, Scotland on 8 June 2002 going ahead for their ‘interim’ title. After stopping Santiago in the sixth round, Harrison was eventually booked to meet Chacon in October.