2003-11-22 Javier Jauregui w rsc 11 Leavander Johnson, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - IBF
2003-11-22 Javier Jauregui w rsc 11 Leavander Johnson, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - IBF. Referee: Raul Caiz (jnr). Billed for the vacant IBF title after Paul Spadafora had moved on, Jauregui (135) finally won a version of the world title in his 16th year as a professional fighter when stopping Johnson (135) after six seconds of the 11th. Up against the orthodox Johnson, Jauregui was a revelation when after being outboxed for a round or two he suddenly came back in the fifth to drop the former with a heavy left hook. From then on Johnson began to fade, but despite taking shots to the head and body he was still there at the end of the ninth. Then, having been hurt by a solid right in the tenth, Jauregui smashed in one himself and Johnson was on the floor again. Somehow Johnson got up and lasted out the round, but it was madness to send him out for the 11th where he took a big right lead-left hook which sent him reeling and brought the referee in quickly to his rescue.
[Category: 2003 Lightweight Title Contests]]