2003-04-12 Marco Antonio Barrera w rsc 4 Kevin Kelley, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - The Ring

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2003-04-12 Marco Antonio Barrera w rsc 4 Kevin Kelley, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - The Ring. Referee: Robert Byrd. Recognised by The Ring magazine as a championship fight, Barrera (126) made a successful defence of the belt when battering Kelley (126) to defeat at 1.32 of the fourth round. Knocked down in the opening session by a right cross-left hook, Kelley somehow made it up and then took a battering before he was saved by the bell on drunken legs. Boxing in a composed fashion, picking his punches well, Barrera knocked the stuffing out of his southpaw opponent in rounds two and three before dropping him heavily in the fourth with cracking body shots followed up by a right uppercut to the head. Allowed to carry on after the ‘eight’ count, after Kelley was caught by a right-left while lurching on the ropes the referee had seen enough and it was all over.