2. Felix Trinidad vs Fenando Vargas
On December 2nd, 2000, IBF light middleweight champion Fernando Vargas, from Oxnard, California, met WBA light middleweight champion Felix Trinidad, from San Juan, Puerto, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Vargas was undefeated at 20-0 and taking a big step up in class. Trinidad was also undefeated at 38-0 and a formidable challenge for the young Californian.
Vargas gamely repelled defeat for as long as he could – landing a big right at the end of round 11 – but he did not hear the final bell. The Californian was dropped three times in the 12th session, the last time by a chilling right, and it was all over.