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Enrique Sanchez vs Rafael Del Valle

Enrique Sanchez vs Rafael Del Valle

Date: 8th February 1998

Venue: Harrah's Casino, Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA

Title: WBA World Super-bantamweight Title

Enrique Sanchez
( 23 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 122 lbs

Rafael Del Valle
( 23 - 1 - 1 )
Weight: 122 lbs

California based Mexican Enrique Sanchez met Puerto Rico's Rafael Del Valle for the vacant WBA World Super-bantamweight Title at Harrah's Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana on the 8th February 1998.

Del Valle had won the WBO World Bantamweight Title in London, England against Duke McKenzie and defended it twice before losing it to Ghanian Alfred Kotey in Bethnal Green, London in July 1994.

The 26-year-old Sanchez had never been near a world title shot in his 23 bout career even though he won and defended the NABF Super-bantamweight title. He didn't miss the opportunity here and won a unanimous decision to become champion.

Scores: Guy Jutras 117-111 | Barry Orgeron 116-111 | Enrique Portocarrero 117-113.

This was the last fight for Del Valle who made the announcement that he was retiring from boxing shortly afterwards.

Sanchez lost the title in his first defence to fellow Mexican Nestor Garza.

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