2004-05-22 Jean-Marc Mormeck w pts 12 Virgil Hill, Carnival City Big Top Arena, Brakpan, South Africa - WBA

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2004-05-22 Jean-Marc Mormeck w pts 12 Virgil Hill, Carnival City Big Top Arena, Brakpan, South Africa - WBA. Referee: Wally Snowball. Scorecards: 115-114, 115-113, 115-113. Just a mere shadow of his former self, Hill (194¾) lost his return match against the champion by a unanimous decision and took a battering in the process as his long career caught up with him. Although Hill was in survival mode for much of the time, being forced to take heavy blows to head and body, he continued to show his defensive skills as Mormeck (196¼) forced the fight. Sustaining a swollen left eye in the third made Hill’s task even more difficult, and after he was dropped by a right to the jaw in the eighth his case looked hopeless. That he came back to take three of the remaining four rounds as Mormeck relaxed the pressure did not distort the fact he was past his best and he announced his retirement from the ring.