2002-04-20 Floyd Mayweather Jr w pts 12 Jose Luis Castillo, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC/The Ring
2002-04-20 Floyd Mayweather Jr w pts 12 Jose Luis Castillo, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC/The Ring. Referee: Vic Drakulich. Scorecards: 115-111, 115-111, 116-111. In what seemed to be daylight robbery to the impartial fans, Castillo (134½) was deemed to have lost his title to Mayweather (134), the junior lightweight champion, after pressing throughout and firing in the greater volume of authoritative punches on the punch stats. Standing taller than his challenger, Castillo started with solid left jabs before moving in with both hands as Mayweather (134) bounded around, hitting off the back foot and pulling away in amateurish fashion. Cut over the left eye following a head clash in the second, Mayweather became even more cautious as he darted in and out with the jab, although according to the judges he had won the opening five rounds despite being under constant pressure. After landing solidly in the sixth and seventh sessions, Castillo then had a point deducted in the eighth for hitting on the break. When Mayweather also lost a point in the tenth for elbowing it looked as though Castillo was getting to him, but the American hung in desperately to see out the remainder of the contest. On winning, Mayweather was awarded The Ring magazine championship belt.