2002-03-16 Antonio Margarito w rsc 10 Antonio Diaz, Bally’s Park Place Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBO

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2002-03-16 Antonio Margarito w rsc 10 Antonio Diaz, Bally’s Park Place Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBO. Referee: Jay Nady. Contesting the vacant title, Margarito (146½) pumped out both hands from the start and although Diaz (147) came back to win the second by dint of a better technique the Mexican charged ahead, throwing punches frenetically at times. Margarito continued to dictate the pace and was even outboxing the well-schooled Diaz in the seventh while also hurting him with long left uppercuts. In the tenth, with Margarito still busy behind the jab he finally got to Diaz with a doubled-up uppercut and when the latter dropped to the floor it could be seen that there was not much left in the locker. After gamely climbing to his feet and being battered by head punches, the referee called a halt at 2.17 of the session to save Diaz from taking further punishment.