2003-02-01 Juan Manuel Marquez w rsc 7 Manuel Medina, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF
2003-02-01 Juan Manuel Marquez w rsc 7 Manuel Medina, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Robert Byrd. Contested for the vacant title after Johnny Tapia (USA) had been stripped, Marquez (125½) made good his opportunity when beating the old warhorse, Medina (125). After making a slow start, Marquez found the range in the second round and a solid left-right-left combination sent Medina down for the mandatory count. Back on his feet, Medina tried his hardest to put his punches together but Marquez, who was merely biding his time, picked up the pace in the fourth to hurt his rival and continued in the same vein through to the seventh, landing punch after punch with little coming back. In the seventh, two left hooks and a chopping right put Medina down again and with his right eye now closed the doctor advised the referee to stop it, the finish being timed at 1.18.