2003-03-01 Ronald Wright w pts 12 Juan Carlos Candelo, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF
2003-03-01 Ronald Wright w pts 12 Juan Carlos Candelo, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Robert Byrd. Scorecards: 118-110, 117-111, 117-111. Setting off at a fair pace, Wright (153½) was expected to have a relatively easy time with Candelo (153), but was made to fight all the way as the challenger stayed in there throwing punches. Countering with rights and lefts as Wright pumped out the southpaw jab, Candelo had a fair amount of success, especially in the fourth and sixth when forcing the champion to fight every inch of the way. While Wright, who finished the contest with a badly swollen right eye, was always in front he could never relax as Candelo matched him and had the latter packed a punch there might have been a different ending. Having hurt Candelo in the 11th with a right-left to the head, unable to find a finishing punch Wright concentrated on outboxing his man by a wide margin in the final session just in case any of the judges felt there was little in it.