2002-04-27 Johnny Tapia w pts 12 Manuel Medina, MSG Theatre, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - IBF
2002-04-27 Johnny Tapia w pts 12 Manuel Medina, MSG Theatre, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - IBF. Referee: Steve Smoger. Scorecards: 115-113, 115-113, 114-114. Despite setting a 'CompuBox' record with 1,466 punches thrown, double the amount recorded by Tapia (125¾), the champion was deemed to have been outscored at the final bell. For much of the time, Tapia appeared confused as Medina (126) just kept throwing leather and it was only when the former went for the body that the tide turned to some degree, Tapia landing excellent uppercuts to that region, especially in the ninth. HBO’s unofficial judge, Harold Ledderman, had Medina winning by 117-111, but on analysis it was obvious that many of the champion’s blows were ultimately not considered by the judges to be scoring punches for whatever reason.
Tapia was stripped in October for agreeing to take on Marco Antonio Barrera in a 12-round fight at the weight for The Ring magazine recognised championship belt and refusing to hand over a sanctioning fee. Following on from that, Medina was matched against Juan Manuel Marquez in a fight for the vacant title.