2004-12-04 Jose Luis Castillo w pts 12 Joel Casamayor, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC/The Ring

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2004-12-04 Jose Luis Castillo w pts 12 Joel Casamayor, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC/The Ring. Referee: Vic Drakulich. Scorecards: 116-112, 113-115, 117-111. After controlling the first couple of rounds by making the champion miss before countering with left hands, Casamayor (135) was gradually drawn into a battle and became less effective as the fight progressed. By the sixth there was no doubt that Castillo (134½) was beginning to get on top, having upped the pace and attacked the body with solid rights and left hooks. Casamayor, however, was still slipping punches and countering well to make it close, especially in the ninth, but he began to fade over the final three sessions as Castillo went for broke, smashing in blows to head and body, to finish like a train.

[Category: 2004 Lightweight Title Contests]]