2002-11-22 Jorge Mata w pts 12 Jairo Arango, Sports Palace, Leon, Spain - WBO

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2002-11-22 Jorge Mata w pts 12 Jairo Arango, Sports Palace, Leon, Spain - WBO. Referee: Manu Maritxalar. Scorecards: 116-111, 117-110, 117-111. The challenger began well, using his height, reach and speed to good effect, but was unable to keep the aggressive Mata (105) at bay for long enough periods. Small but strong, Mata made up for his lack of technique by constantly attacking Arango (105), who was put down in the seventh by a heavy blow to the head. Ultimately, despite tiring in the final third, it was Mata’s good earlier work that won him the day, although Arango, who felt that the fight would be in his favour, came back with good punches of his own.