2009-02-28 Juan Manuel Marquez w rsc 9 Juan Diaz, Toyota Centre, Houston, Texas, USA - WBA/WBO/The Ring

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2009-02-28 Juan Manuel Marquez w rsc 9 Juan Diaz, Toyota Centre, Houston, Texas, USA - WBA/WBO/The Ring. Referee: Rafael Ramos.

On 25 July at the Tepic Fair Stockade, Nueva Vallarta, Mexico, Miguel Acosta knocked out Urbano Antillon in the ninth round to pick up the vacant WBA ‘interim’ title.

The same day, at the Country Club, Windhoek, Namibia, Paulus Moses retained the WBA ‘second tier’ title when outpointing Takehiro Shimada over 12 rounds.

These contests were followed by a vacant WBO ‘interim’ title fight between Michael Katsidis and Vicente Escobedo at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 19 September, won by the former on points over 12 rounds. Katsidis successfully defended the WBO ‘interim’ belt when stopping Kevin Mitchell in the third round of their contest at Upton Park, West Ham, London, England on 15 May 2010.

On 29 May, Moses retained the WBA ‘second tier’ title when knocking out Acosta, the ‘interim’ champion, in the sixth round of their contest at the Kalahari Sands Hotel & Casino, Windhoek, Namibia.