2008-09-13 Vernon Forrest w pts 12 Sergio Mora, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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2008-09-13 Vernon Forrest w pts 12 Sergio Mora, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Vic Drakulich. Scorecards: 118-109, 117-110, 119-108.

On 4 October at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, Sergio Martinez forced Alex Bunema to retire at the end of the eighth round of a contest to decide the vacant WBC ‘interim’ title. Martinez then made a successful defence when drawing over 12 rounds against Kermit Cintron at the Bank Atlantic Centre, Sunrise, Florida on 14 February.

After being out of the ring since his win over Mora due to a persistent rib injury, Forrest was stripped of the title on 21 May 2009, the WBC announcing that the ‘interim’ champion, Martinez, had been upgraded to full championship status.

Towards the end of June 2010, having won the WBC middleweight title a week earlier, Martinez handed back the junior belt after deciding to continue at 160lbs.