2004-03-20 Fabrice Tiozzo w pts 12 Silvio Branco, Sports Palace, Lyon, France - WBA

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2004-03-20 Fabrice Tiozzo w pts 12 Silvio Branco, Sports Palace, Lyon, France - WBA. Referee: Rudy Battle. Scorecards: 114-112, 114-112, 113-113. Having made a slow start, the champion picked it up in the second round to win the next three sessions and despite being outboxed in the fifth and sixth as Tiozzo (175) hit back he saved his best work for the eighth. Dropped by left-right combinations to the head, Tiozzo was then hit twice while in a kneeling position without the referee taking any action and had to endure a tough ninth round before taking the fight to Branco (173¾). It was in the 11th that Tiozzo, who had dropped down a division, made sure of victory as he twice sent Branco slipping to the floor prior to flooring him with a right to the head.

Immediately prior to Roy Jones meeting Antonio Tarver for the WBC title on 15 May 2004, the WBA announced that they had appointed Jones as their ‘super’ champion, which would have left Tiozzo as the ‘second tier’ champion. However, that decision was later rescinded, possibly in the wake of the Graciano Rocchigiani legal stand against the WBC, and Tiozzo remained the champion.