2002-11-02 Marco Antonio Barrera w pts 12 Johnny Tapia, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - The Ring
2002-11-02 Marco Antonio Barrera w pts 12 Johnny Tapia, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - The Ring. Referee: Jay Nady. Scorecards: 116-112, 118-110, 118-110. Recognised by The Ring magazine as a championship fight, the champion proved to be far too clever for the hardy Tapia (126), who never stopped trying even though he was outsmarted most of the way. There were no knockdowns, but from the eighth onwards Tapia picked up the pace, especially after being stung by heavy blows to the head as Barrera (126) followed up the jab. Despite being caught by heavy rights, with Tapia always looking for a fight he slipped over in the 11th after taking several quick punches. Afterwards, Tapia complained that he had hurt his left hand early on, making things even tougher for him.