2003-02-15 Rafael Marquez w rsc 8 Tim Austin, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF

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15 February Rafael Marquez w rsc 8 Tim Austin, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Vic Drakulich. Although he started reasonably well, Austin (118) grew wary of the hard-hitting Marquez (118), who then surprisingly faded in the fifth through to the seventh as he came under pressure from the champion’s jab. The eighth turned out to be the most exciting round of the fight as both slammed away at each other and both were hurt before Marquez got the upper hand when a left hook and a right put Austin down. After taking a long count (Austin was officially up at ‘nine’), the latter was being pounded by the wild-swinging Marquez before the referee had seen enough and rescued him at 1.18 of the round.