2003-02-15 Jose Victor Burgos w rsc 12 Alex Sanchez, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF
2003-02-15 Jose Victor Burgos w rsc 12 Alex Sanchez, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Joe Cortez. With Ricardo Lopez finally retired, Burgos and Sanchez came together to decide the vacant title, having already met in an eliminator which ended in a 12-round draw on 11 May 2002 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico. In what was a rubber match, Sanchez (107) winning their first meeting in 1997, there was little between them in first couple of rounds before Burgos (107) stamped his authority on the fight after finding his rhythm, putting good combinations together to drive ahead. Sanchez was still there, but the fight turned against him when his right eye began to close, which was followed by a massive swelling coming up on the left-hand side of his face. It was now impossible for him to focus, and he was severely under fire when the referee decided that he had seen enough at 1.50 of the final session.