Not having fought since December, the unbeaten champion (now 30-0) never truly got untracked. He split the first four rounds with Rosario, but early in the fifth, Rosario, who had scored 19 knockouts in a 23-1 career, caught Camacho pulling away from a right hand and rocked him with a left hook. "I wanted him to throw that hand so I could counter," Camacho said. "But my timing was off and he got cute. I'd block one and he'd come again. Pow! I thought, Oh, Lord. Pow! Pow! How do I stop this? So I say, Take him to the ropes and let him calm down."
Barely surviving the fifth, Camacho showed that there's more to this macho business than just talk. He came back to win the next five rounds with quick feet and a jab. Then, just as the champion was winning the 11th round easily, another Rosario hook caught him. Again Camacho weathered it. ("He didn't have no killer instinct," said Camacho.) But the champion didn't have much of anything left himself for the 12th and final round, which Rosario took handily.
So it went to the judges. Two of them, Stuart Kirshenbaum and Tony Castellano, had the champion winning 115-113. Luis Rivera, who gave Rosario the 5th and 11th rounds by two points, had the challenger winning 114-113.
"If I fight him again," growled Camacho the next morning, "I want a million dollars. If I'm going to come out looking like a Cabbage Patch doll, I want to get paid for it."