2002-05-18 Kostya Tszyu w pts 12 Ben Tackie, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA/WBC/IBF/The Ring

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2002-05-18 Kostya Tszyu w pts 12 Ben Tackie, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA/WBC/IBF/The Ring. Referee: Jay Nady. Scorecards: 120-108, 120-108, 119-109. As the IBF’s mandatory challenger, Tackie (139½) won just one round as he bravely stayed on the front foot and was forced to take anything the champion cared to throw at him. Almost from the opening bell one could see that Tackie would have to get lucky if he wanted to win the title, being too one-dimensional and rarely moving his head, and while Tszyu (140) had to be careful that he did not get caught the Ghanaian was an easy target.

With Tszyu still considered to be the WBA ‘super’ champion, Diosbelys Hurtado lost the ‘second tier’ title to Vivian Harris when he was stopped in the second round of their contest at Reliant Park, Houston, Texas on 19 October.