2002-02-23 Paulie Ayala w pts 12 Clarence Adams, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - The Ring
2002-02-23 Paulie Ayala w pts 12 Clarence Adams, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBO/The Ring. Referee: Kenny Bayless. Scorecards: 118-110, 117-111, 118-110. Billed for the International Boxing Organisation title and a return match, The Ring magazine’s prestigious championship belt was also at stake. Shooting out southpaw jabs from the start, Ayala (122) made a better start than previously and with Adams (121½) boxing far too defensively he slipped further and further behind. It was clear at the two-third stage that Adams needed to start taking the fight to Ayala, but while he connected with some good shots here and there it was not sustained and he was well beaten at the bell. Disappointingly, the fight had not been a patch on their earlier go.
Although giving up the IBO title not long after winning, Ayala was recognised by The Ring magazine as the champion of the weight division until April 2004 despite making no further defences.