2003-03-31 Rosendo Alvarez w pts 12 Beibis Mendoza, Statehouse Convention Centre, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - WBA/The Ring

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2003-03-31 Rosendo Alvarez w pts 12 Beibis Mendoza, Statehouse Convention Centre, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - WBA/The Ring. Referee: Elmo Adolph. Scorecards: 116-112, 116-112, 114-114. Both men started fast, the challenger flashing home long punches and Alvarez (108) moving inside to work the body. Mendoza (107½), by now cut along the left eyelid, appeared to be in front by the middle rounds, but the heavy-handed Alvarez, gritting his teeth, came back at him and the pair went at it like hammer and tongs. By the 12th it seemed that Alvarez had just about made up any lost ground, but it was close and a draw would have been fairer on Mendoza, who was the better boxer of the two. On the result, Alvarez was awarded The Ring magazine championship belt.

Not to be denied, Mendoza came right back into the equation on 15 November at the Heongguk Gym, Yeosu, South Korea when he outpointed the local, Yo-Sam Choi, over 12 rounds to win the WBA ‘interim’ crown.