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2003-01-19 [[Kostya Tszyu]] w rtd 7 [[Jesse James Leija]], Telstra Dome, Melbourne, Australia - WBA/WBC/IBF/The Ring. Referee: Malcolm Bulner. There was little action in the opening three rounds as both fighters settled, but following a few flurries from Leija (139), the champion began to dictate matters with a controlled left jab paving the way. Although Tszyu (139¾) was beginning to go up a few gears in the sixth he appeared not to be looking to finish matters, but he was getting much closer to Leija, who was beginning to flounder. The contest came to an abrupt halt after the bell rang for round seven when Leija’s corner decided to retire their man, having realised that he had burst his right eardrum.  
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2003-01-19 [[Kostya Tszyu]] w rtd 7 [[Jesse James Leija]], Telstra Dome, Melbourne, Australia - WBA/WBC/IBF/The Ring. Referee: Malcolm Bulner. There was little action in the opening three rounds as both fighters settled, but following a few flurries from Leija (139) the champion began to dictate matters with a controlled left jab paving the way. While Tszyu (139¾) was beginning to go up a few gears in the sixth he appeared not to be looking to finish matters, although he was getting much closer to Leija who was beginning to flounder. The contest came to an abrupt halt after the bell rang for round seven when Leija’s corner decided to retire their man, having realised that he had burst his right eardrum.  
  
With Tszyu remaining inactive, due to injury, the WBC decided to give him an honorary ‘Emeritus’ status in order to free up the championship and towards the end of the year it was decided by the body that [[Arturo Gatti]] and [[Gianluca Branco]] would contest the vacant title.  
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With Tszyu remaining inactive due to injury, after the WBC decided to give him an honorary ‘Emeritus’ status in order to free up the championship it was decided by the body towards the end of the year that [[Arturo Gatti]] and [[Gianluca Branco]] would contest the vacant title.  
  
Following that, [[Sharmba Mitchell]] outscored [[Lovemore Ndou]] over 12 rounds at Bally’s Park Place Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA on 7 February 2004, to win the vacant IBF ‘interim’ title and successfully defended it against [[Michael Stewart]] (w pts 12 on 3 April 2004 at the MEN Arena, Manchester, England). Those two wins would eventually get Mitchell a crack at Tszyu for the IMF title.  
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Following that, [[Sharmba Mitchell]] outscored [[Lovemore Ndou]] over 12 rounds at Bally’s Park Place Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA on 7 February 2004 to win the vacant IBF ‘interim’ title, prior to successfully defending it against [[Michael Stewart]] (w pts 12 at the MEN Arena, Manchester, England on 3 April 2004). Those two wins would eventually get Mitchell a crack at Tszyu for the IBF title and ''The Ring'' Championship Belt.  
  
With it becoming difficult to satisfy all three bodies, Tszyu forfeited the WBA title in June 2004 and [[Vivian Harris]], who had successfully defended the ‘second tier’ crown, against [[Souleymane M'Baye]] (w pts 12 on 12 July 2003 at Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA) and [[Oktay Urkal]] (w pts 12 on 17 April 2004 at the Max Schmeling Hall, Berlin, Germany), was declared champion.
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With it becoming difficult to satisfy all three bodies, when Tszyu forfeited the WBA title in June 2004, [[Vivian Harris]], who had successfully defended the ‘second tier’ crown when beating [[Souleymane M'baye]] (w pts 12 at Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 12 July 2003) and [[Oktay Urkal]] (w pts 12 at the Max Schmeling Hall, Berlin, Germany on 17 April 2004), was declared champion.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 10:28, 5 May 2013

2003-01-19 Kostya Tszyu w rtd 7 Jesse James Leija, Telstra Dome, Melbourne, Australia - WBA/WBC/IBF/The Ring. Referee: Malcolm Bulner. There was little action in the opening three rounds as both fighters settled, but following a few flurries from Leija (139) the champion began to dictate matters with a controlled left jab paving the way. While Tszyu (139¾) was beginning to go up a few gears in the sixth he appeared not to be looking to finish matters, although he was getting much closer to Leija who was beginning to flounder. The contest came to an abrupt halt after the bell rang for round seven when Leija’s corner decided to retire their man, having realised that he had burst his right eardrum.

With Tszyu remaining inactive due to injury, after the WBC decided to give him an honorary ‘Emeritus’ status in order to free up the championship it was decided by the body towards the end of the year that Arturo Gatti and Gianluca Branco would contest the vacant title.

Following that, Sharmba Mitchell outscored Lovemore Ndou over 12 rounds at Bally’s Park Place Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA on 7 February 2004 to win the vacant IBF ‘interim’ title, prior to successfully defending it against Michael Stewart (w pts 12 at the MEN Arena, Manchester, England on 3 April 2004). Those two wins would eventually get Mitchell a crack at Tszyu for the IBF title and The Ring Championship Belt.

With it becoming difficult to satisfy all three bodies, when Tszyu forfeited the WBA title in June 2004, Vivian Harris, who had successfully defended the ‘second tier’ crown when beating Souleymane M'baye (w pts 12 at Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 12 July 2003) and Oktay Urkal (w pts 12 at the Max Schmeling Hall, Berlin, Germany on 17 April 2004), was declared champion.