History | Apr 01 2019

Julio Cesar Chavez vs Meldrick Taylor – the most controversial finish in boxing history?

Oliver Goldstein recounts the fateful meeting of Julio Cesar Chavez and Meldrick Taylor
Julio Cesar Chavez
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GOING into the 12th round at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, he had a busted lip and a fractured eye. He had lost nearly two pints of blood. Later, he would spend a night in hospital receiving blood transfusions. Still, Meldrick Taylor was two scorecards up – 108-101 and 107-102. He’d landed nearly 450 punches. There was surely no way he could lose. Except there was.

The rest is history, even if it’s history that won’t quite rest. With two seconds to go, and Taylor, staggering like a drunk in a dark corner, woozy, swollen, knocked down but back on his feet, referee Richard Steele stopped the fight.

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