2004-09-04 Jorge Arce w pts 12 Juanito Rubillar, The Bullring, Tijuana, Mexico - WBC

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2004-09-04 Jorge Arce w pts 12 Juanito Rubillar, The Bullring, Tijuana, Mexico - WBC. Referee: Toby Gibson. Scorecards: 115-112, 119-108, 115-112. The pair had fought for the ‘interim’ crown in October 2001, but this time round Rubillar (107) was looking to relieve Arce (107¾) of the ‘real’ title. In what was another hard contest there were no knockdowns despite it being a free-hitting affair, but when the southpaw challenger was docked a point in the ninth round for rabbit punching his chance of picking up the belt had all but disappeared.

Following the fight there was controversy when Rubillar’s manager accused the judges of robbing his charge of a win, but it should be noted that most ringsiders felt that the busier Arce won handily.

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