2003-10-04 Cruz Carbajal w rsc 8 Gerardo Espinoza, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBO

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2003-10-04 Cruz Carbajal w rsc 8 Gerardo Espinoza, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBO. Referee: Robert Byrd. After feeling-out his challenger early on and sampling his best shots, Carbajal (118) quickly took over when forcing his man back as he looked to grind him down with fast combinations. By the sixth round it was clear that Espinoza (118), docked a point for holding and lacking the necessary power, was struggling to stay in the fight. Damaged under both eyes in the seventh, Espinoza was finally put down in the eighth following heavy shots to the face and a left hook to the stomach before being rescued by the referee on the 1.07 mark.