2003-08-09 Acelino Freitas w rsc 12 Jorge Barrios, The Arena, Miami, Florida, USA - WBA/WBO
2003-08-09 Acelino Freitas w rsc 12 Jorge Barrios, The Arena, Miami, Florida, USA - WBA/WBO. Referee: Jorge Alonso. With Barrios (129) badly cut over the left eye and the champion having suffered a damaged ear and put down in the eighth, the fight became a war of attrition as both men looked for the punch that would end it. Coming into the 11th it was extremely close, but when Barrios dropped Freitas (130) for the second time, a heavy right doing the job, it looked like it just might go his way. However, Freitas was not finished and as Barrios tore in for the kill a huge right smashed him to the deck. Although the Argentinian made it back to his corner to answer the bell for the final round he was twice slammed to the canvas before being rescued by the referee with 2.10 of the fight remaining.
Eventually, Yodsanan Sor Nantachai, the ‘interim’ champion, was given full championship status by the WBA when Freitas moved up a division after winning the WBO lightweight crown on 3 January 2004. At the same time, Freitas automatically vacated the WBO junior lightweight title.