2003-12-13 Rosendo Alvarez drew 12 Jose Victor Burgos, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF/WBA/The Ring
2003-12-13 Rosendo Alvarez drew 12 Jose Victor Burgos, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF/WBA/The Ring. Referee: Benjy Esteves Jr. Scorecards: 112-116, 116-113, 114-114. In an effort to unify the championship, Alvarez (108), the WBA champion, met the IBF’s Burgos (108), and following a quality contest both men went home with their titles intact after a drawn decision was given. Evenly matched, it was nip-and-tuck for the first six rounds with Burgos having the edge in work-rate and Alvarez landing the harder shots. In the sixth, Alvarez battered the Mexican, whose left cheekbone began to swell, but before too long the latter was right back in it as the fight went down to the wire.
On 2 October 2004 at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, Alvarez forfeited the WBA title on the scales when he came in just under eight stone for a defence against Beibis Mendoza. At the same time, The Ring's version of the title was vacated. Although the fight went ahead, with Alvarez winning on points over 12 rounds, Mendoza was promised a crack at the vacant title against Roberto Vasquez.