Highlights of Duke McKenzie vs Gaby Canizales for the WBO World Bantamweight title, June 1991.
Pasted from a 2014 interview with Duke:
"That fight with Canizales - that was probably the best performance of my career. Mickey Duff said he'd bring me back so I had three fights back-to-back before my challenge. When I moved up I could eat what I wanted and I was just so happy and, as Mickey always said, 'a happy fighter is a tough fighter to beat', I'd had no energy at flyweight but it was totally different at bantamweight. Three weeks before the fight I was at the weight, I could eat cooked breakfasts and everything. After the McAuley fight I nearly retired but I felt very sharp by the Canizales fight my camp was very strict; twelve weeks solid, no going to the shops or the cinema, no going anywhere unless is was to training." .
Many thought the big-punching champion would grind down the plucky Brit in the middle-to-late rounds but McKenzie put on a boxing masterclass at the Elephant & Castle Centre.
Boxing behind a superb jab, the challenger thoroughly out-boxed the dangerous champion for round after round showing a high skill set and also terrific concentration. By the close of the fight Canizales hadn't even won a round going down by lop-sided scores of 120-108,120-108 and 120-109.
"He did totally underestimate me. His trainer Manny Steward kept saying how his fighter would wipe me out and they were even talking about unification bouts after they'd knocked me out. I knew that was a make or break fight for me and I was quietly confident all through the build up. I think you would struggle to find another fight where so many jabs were landed. I hit him with so many jabs that night. I knew I couldn't get involved and trade with him so I pretty much beat him with just my jab. He even rocked me briefy in about the third but I was that fit my head cleared immediately. I doubt he ever faced a pure boxer like me before."