2005-12-05 Lorenzo Parra w pts 12 Brahim Asloum, Bercy Sports Palace, Paris, France - WBA

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2005-12-05 Lorenzo Parra w pts 12 Brahim Asloum, Bercy Sports Palace, Paris, France - WBA. Referee: Mark Nelson. Scorecards: 118-109, 120-107, 119-108. Taken out of his stride in the opening round after a clash of heads opened a cut over his right eye, the unbeaten challenger was then put down from a series of combination punches thrown by Parra (111½). Although up fairly quickly it was noticeable that Asloum (112) was suffering a loss of confidence and it took several rounds before he could mount a challenge, but Parra was always his master. Hurt in the eighth by a burst of left hooks, Asloum kept going and even tried looking for the big punch that could turn things his way, but it was not to be and at the final bell he was a wide loser on the cards.

Due to defend against Roberto Vasquez on 21 October 2006, Parra was forced to pull out after suffering injured knee ligaments and the former met Japan’s Takefumi Sakata to contest the ‘interim’ title at the Bercy Sports Palace on 2 December, winning a split points decision after 12 rounds.

With Parra still not recovered the WBA tried to bring Vasquez and Sakata together in a return, but negotiations were tenuous and the fight failed to take place. It was then announced that Parra was going to defend his title against Sakata at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan on 19 March 2007, with the winner giving Vasquez first crack at the title.

After all of the waiting it was ridiculous for Parra (116¾) to then lose his title on the scales and although the fight went ahead only Sakata could win the title and following a three-round stoppage victory over Parra the WBA declared him champion.