2005-05-14 Zab Judah w rsc 3 Cosme Rivera, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC/The Ring
2005-05-14 Zab Judah w rsc 3 Cosme Rivera, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC. Referee: Joe Cortez. Defending three titles for the first time and not wishing to lose one of them by default, Judah (146½) took on a lesser opponent in Rivera (147) and before too long had him in difficulty when smashing him down in the opener with a southpaw left to the jaw. Back on his feet but dazed, Rivera was soon on the deck again following a flurry of blows and while he lasted out the round and got through the second he wouldn’t be so lucky from thereon. Appearing to take it easy in the early stages of the third, eventually Judah moved in on Rivera and following a left uppercut to the jaw another flurry of punches had the latter down. That was it as far as the referee was concerned and he called the contest off at 2.11 of the session. On 13 August at the United Centre, Chicago, Illinois, Luis Collazo made a successful defence of the WBA ‘second tier’ title when Miguel Angel Gonzalez retired at the end of the eighth round.