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Carlos Monzon

 Titles: World middleweight champion 1970-1977

 Record: 87-3-9 with 1 NC 

 Born: August 7, 1942 in Santa Fe, Argentina 

 Years active: 1963-1977

 Nickname: None 

 The debate rages, who is the best middleweight of all time? Hagler, Robinson, Cerdan,  
 Kid McCoy, Mickey Walker, Ketchel, Greb or Monzon? Carlos only fought 1 time in the  
 United States, maybe he would be rated the best ever if he had fought more in the USA 
 where many ring historians reside? Monzon's opinion on the matter: "I am much better   
 than Robinson. I'm told he won the middleweight title five times and I only won it once
 because I beat the champion and never lost to a challenger." If I had to pick one man to 
 win the all time middleweight championship it would be Monzon, especially if the fights  
 were to go the 15 round distance. Given 15 rounds to work with the smart Monzon would 
 find the holes in his foe and be able to frustrate many men with his long arms tricky 
 defense. Maybe Angelo Dundee said it best when describing Monzon "he is the complete 
 fighter!"  His was a tall frame (5 feet 11'1/2 inches) for a middleweight, which made 
 him look awkward and stiff in the ring at times. But his very hard jab has to rank among 
 the divisions elite (maybe the best) and he drove hard right hands behind the jabs with 
 great accuracy or hooked off it to mix things up. Opponents would always comment on the 
 problems they had getting past the long reach and accurate jab, even if they could 
 Monzon possessed a granite chin. You could not call Monzon's style flashy or pretty, the 
 best way to describe his style would be deceptive and grimly effective. Monzon is the 
 Larry Holmes of the middleweights as critics try to point to his opposition as his 
 greatest fault since there is no denying his skills or ring record. If it was not his 
 physical skill than it was his mental toughness which separated Monzon from the others. 
 Outside of the ring Monzon was the exact opposite, flamboyant, flashy, and a bit 
 pompous. Once Monzon started to make money and earn fame he embraced the playboy 
 lifestyle of the 1970's. Fast cars, fast women, expensive clothes and lots of drink. It 
 is amazing how Monzon held on to his title through all the abuse he put his body through 
 outside of the ring. Monzon might have made up for this in training, he only did 
 roadwork a month before the fight, running for 45 minutes each morning, and he never 
 went all out in sparring. Monzon's name was as likely to appear in gossip columns as the 
 sports page during his reign. HBO analyst (in 1973 still a sports writer) Larry Merchant 
 described Monzon the first time he meet him as "Stately, with the bearing of a Inca 
 chief. He fights with a imperial fury". Monzon was quoted before his one title defense 
 in the USA against Tony Licata "after the fight I will smoke a cigarette, drink a cold 
 glass of wine and go make a movie." He knocked Licata out in the 10th, and went on to do 
 what he stated before the fight...... this was Monzon at his best and worst. Even as he 
 was the most famous man in his country and the toast of Paris nightclubs he never forgot 
 the slums from which he rose from. On Christmas and other special occasions he would 
 fill up a truck with toys to distribute to the children of his old village. Monzon never 
 forgot his old friends and remained loyal to them without being dragged back into the 
 slums which was no easy feat. Much of his loyalty to the people of the slums stemmed 
 from his native Indian heritage, this prevented him from ever being fully accepted in 
 the upper classes of Argentine society. This and other facets of his early life gave him 
 the anger which was to drive him to greatness. "All of his life he is angry" was the 
 quote of his life long manager Tito Lectoure. Emile Griffith called him "Nasty" and 
 booking agents referred to him as "hot tempered". That anger made him a great boxer but 
 also put Monzon in jail. After his boxing career had ended a 46 year old Monzon was 
 convicted of strangling his estranged wife Alicia Muniz to unconsciousness, then 
 throwing her body of a balcony in a jealous rage. Monzon was sentenced to 11 years in 
 jail which he was still serving at the time of his death. Rightfully this has taken away 
 from Monzon's legacy, but a check of his in the ring performance is astounding! Monzon 
 was 1972's Fighter of the Year as voted by "The Ring" and The Boxing Writer Association 
 and perhaps the best fighter of the decade. He was involved in the fight of the year in 
 1970 in which he knocked out Nino Benvenuti in the 12th as voted by "The Ring" Magazine. 
 Monzon sports a brilliant ring career which includes 88 wins, three losses (all avenged) 
 nine draws and one no decision.  He retired as champion while on an 82-bout unbeaten 
 streak which spanned 12 years, eight months, and 11 days. The 82 bouts without a loss is 
 not a record, but can only be matched by other ring legends. At middleweight Carlos 
 holds the record for the longest reign as king of the 160 pounders (6 years, 8 months 
 and 23 days beating the old mark of five years, 7 1/2 months by Tony Zale) and his 14 
 successful title defenses (in a day when there was only ONE world champion) doubled the 
 previous middleweight mark of 7. He did all this while living a playboy/jetset lifestyle 
 that should have taken away from his ring skills. In his 14 title defenses (10 within 
 the distance), Monzon defeated five former world champions Nino Benvenuti, Emile 
 Griffith, Denny Moyer, Jose Napoles and Rodrigo Valdez and was a 3-1 underdog when he 
 knocked out reigning middleweight champion Nino Benvenuti. He also defeated Benvenuti in 
 3 short rounds in the return match following the second of Nino's two trips to the 
 canvas in the final stanza. His .871 winning percentage is only bested by four former 
 title holders titleholders, Marcel Cerdan (.964), Nino Benvenuti (.911), Freddie Steele 
 and Randy Turpin (both .880). Even though he was not a devastating one punch kayo 
 artist, with 60 knockouts (none in the first round) in his 101 bouts, Monzon has a kayo 
 percentage of .594 (but could have been much higher were it not for his chronically 
 injured right hand). That is only beaten by three other middleweight champions Stanley 
 Ketchel (.754), Terry Downes (.628) and Rocky Graziano (.627). Also remember that for 
 the last 5 years and 8 title defenses Monzon fought with a bullet lodged in his left 
 shoulder...... courtesy of his ex-wife who shot him in the forearm and shoulder during a 
 argument. Those are all impressive, still most who saw him will tell you it was the 
 intangibles and boxing instincts of Monzon that truly made him great! As a boy Monzon 
 crew up one of 12 children and began to work at the age of 6 selling newspapers, shining 
 shoes and delivering milk. Eventually Monzon found his way to Club Athletico Union De 
 Santa Fe where trainer Amilcar Brusa took "a skinny kid with rage in his eyes" in. Brusa 
 fed him, trained him, bailed him out of jail (for starting a riot at a soccer game and 
 brawling on a bus among other things) and eventually developed a legend of the ring. As 
 a amateur Brusa led and taught Monzon to 73 wins in his 87 amateur bouts. At age 21 
 Carlos Monzon got off to a less than glamorous start as a pro. Monzon went 16 and 3 with 
 one no contest in his first twenty professional fights and then won 14 of his next 20, 
 being held to a draw on six occasions. But Monzon would continue to win, with only three 
 draws to take away from a perfect record over his next forty fights. Included in that 
 stretch was a ten round draw with Bennie Briscoe whom no one else wanted to fight. 
 Monzon's early record is littered with good boxers who are not highly acclaimed in the 
 USA. Among the victims of Monzon during his rise in the Argentine rankings were Cele 
 Lima and Antonio Aguilar who both represented the then boxing mad country at the 
 Olympics. In the first fights with both Monzon drew with Lima and lost to Aguilar before 
 defeating both in rematches. After dropping the 10-round decision to Aguilar, Carlos 
 outpointed Aguilar once and knocked him out in their next two meetings. His other losses 
 to Felipe Cambeiro and Alberto Massi were also avenged. Monzon lost a eight round 
 decision to Felipe Cambeiro but beat him via decision a month later. Alberto Massi 
 scored a 10-round decision over Monzon on Nov. 9 1964, but was knocked out by Monzon two 
 years later. Early on Monzon averaged a fight a month. Monzon won the Argentine 
 middleweight title from Ramon Rocha in 1966 with a record of 29-3-6 but there was no 
 doubt Carlos was getting better and learning from every bout. A year later Monzon won 
 the South American middleweight title from Jorge Fernandez via 12 round decision. It 
 would still take Monzon two more years of winning before he was even ranked in "The 
 Ring" magazine top 10 middleweights. When Monzon traveled to Rome Italy to face reigning 
 champion Nino Benvenuti he was almost unheard of in the boxing world. Most had assumed 
 his 82-3-9 record was the result of the poor opposition he faced in Argentina and gave 
 him no chance to beat the popular Italian champ. This was the first time Monzon had even 
 fought outside of South America. Benvenuti was also considered one of the best boxers 
 pound for pound of the time, not to mention that the fight was to take place in Rome. 
 The venue of Palazzo Dello Sport was notorious for helping it's favorite sons win fights 
 in unusual manner when losing to foreign opponents. From the beginning however Monzon 
 fought aggressively scoring whenever he wanted with his jab to the shorter Benvenuti's 
 head. Form round 3 on it was obvious that it would take a miracle for Nino to win. In 
 the 7th it got even worse for Benvenuti when he was staggered by a straight right hand 
 and was hopelessly behind on points. The fight ended with a left hook followed by a 
 perfect straight right hand to the head of Benvenuti in the 12th round that put 
 Benvenuti down and out. This earned Monzon the middleweight championship which he would 
 not relinquish for 7 years! The rematch with Benvenuti would silence all doubters of 
 Monzon and clearly show who was the better of the two boxers. This time the fight took 
 place in Monte Carlo and the first of the 3 rounds was uneventful at best with both 
 feeling each other out. In the second however Monzon scored a knockdown using a left 
 hook that Benvenuti had not looked for since Monzon did not use the punch much in their 
 first meeting. The third and final round ended with Benvenuti staggered by a right hand 
 and his corner throwing in the towel before any more damage could be dealt out. Emile 
 Griffith would be next in line to challenge Monzon and he had two cracks at Monzon as  
 well. The first time Griffith was stopped at 2:40 of the 14th round on Sep. 25, 1971 at  
 Luna Park in Buenos Aires. Many thought Griffith who had fought many world title fights  
 would outsmart the new champion. But Monzon used his 5 inch reach advantage to 
 perfection, patiently jabbing and hooking off it when Griffith would dip his head low.  
 Still the judges had it a close fight before Monzon ended the fight in the 14th round 
 when he sent a flurry of punches on a dazed Griffith who was rendered   helpless against 
 the ropes. A easy third round kayo of Fraser Scott followed. In his next fight against 
 former champ Denny Moorer things got harder. At one point Monzon was pushed out of the 
 ring during the fight. Monzon fought badly early probably losing 3 of the first 4 rounds 
 but in the 5th Monzon caught Moyer with his patented right hand sending him to the 
 canvas. During the follow-up barrage Moyer seemed to be protecting himself but the 
 referee decided to stop the fight. At the time it was considered a controversial stopage
 but Monzon was coming on and most think the fight would have ended within 4 to 5 rounds 
 anyway. France's Jean Claude Bouttier, like Griffith, had two cracks at Carlos' crown 
 but was found wanting both times. In their first fight on June 17, 1972, Bouttier was 
 down once and had lost all 12 rounds on referee Rudolph Durst's scorecard when his 
 manager Jean Bretonnel refused to let him answer the bell for round 13. On Sept. 29,  
 1973, Bouttier got a second chance and more than held his own for the first 12 rounds. 
 But the Frenchman ran out of gas and was decked in each of the last three rounds as 
 Monzon won a unanimous decision by scores of 145-139, 147-138 and 148-145. Danish 
 challenger Tom Boggs made the mistake of opening a cut over Monzon's left eye in the 
 fourth round of their Aug. 19, 1972, title tiff and then paid for his "crime" by making 
 three trips to the canvas in the fifth round before referee Harry Gibbs ordered a 
 ceasefire. There was still doubt about who the best middleweight in the world was 
 as "Bad" Bennie Briscoe was thought by the American writer to be better than the 
 reigning champ since he held Monzon to a draw in Argentina while both were still 
 middleweight contenders. Their second fight was held in Luna Park, Buenos Aires and it 
 was obvious from the start that Monzon had gotten better. Briscoe attacked in every 
 round but his bob and weave style was now being accurately countered with the hard jab 
 of Monzon. Only the 9th and 15th round were close by any standard. Except for a ninth 
 round flurry when he Brisco staggered Carlos, the Philadelphian was completely 
 outclassed in dropping a 15 round decision by scores of 150-139, 149-137 and 149-143. 
 The straight right hand was landing with regularity impressing the judges as Briscoe 
 could not get out of the way of them.In the end Monzon would say "Any of the punches I 
 hit him with would have floored another rival". Lee Roy Dale was knocked out in 5 easy 
 rounds in Carlos' next fight. Against Griffith in their second fight at Louis II stadium 
 in Monte Carlo they went the 15 round route on June 2, 1973. This time the fight was 
 much closer and Monzon had to rally over the final five rounds to outpoint Griffith 147-
 145, 147-144 and 147-143 for his 8th title defense. Maybe Monzon took Griffith to 
 lightly and in fact Monzon came in overweight on the day of the fight and had to run 3 
 miles to get down to the middleweight limit. After 10 rounds Monzon was behind on points 
 before Griffith began to fade and the right hands began to catch Griffith flush instead 
 of grazing him as they did earlier. Griffith said of Monzon "Carlos is a first class 
 champion. He is a better fighter than Nino Benvenuti ever was." On Feb. 9, 1974, Monzon 
 took on world welterweight champion Jose Napoles in a much anticipated bout held in 
 Paris. It was billed as a match between two of the best modern day champions of the 
 time. But once again Carlos made full use of his height and reach advantage to literally 
 toy with Napoles from the fifth round until Jose's cornerman Angelo Dundee told the 
 referee that Napoles had enough before the bell rang for round seven. Over the first 4 
 rounds Monzon dominated with his jab before opening up with combinations from the 5th 
 round on. Napoles claimed a thumb in the right eye had helped do him in, however Dundee 
 was very impressed by Monzon. Dundee said "Monzon is the complete fighter. He can box, 
 he can hit, he can think and he is game all the way." Monzon seemed disappointed after 
 the fight stating "I was hoping to have a good match." Monzon was stripped of his title 
 by the WBC shortly after the victory over Napoles under the pretext that he refused to 
 provide the WBC with a urine sample after the victory over Jose and that he had failed 
 to live up to an agreement to fight Rodrigo Valdez within 90 days after beating Napoles. 
 Any doubts from Australia that Monzon was ducking Tony Mundine were put to rest when 
 Monzon knocked out Mundine at 1:20 of the seventh round. Monzon now made his only 
 American ring appearance on June 10, 1975, when he took on challenger Tony Licata at 
 Madison Square Garden. Licata showed plenty of courage but little else as Carlos scored 
 three knockdowns before the referee called a halt at 2:43 of the 10th round. France's 
 Gratien Tonna was Monzon's next challenger but didn't provide much of a challenge as 
 Carlos' first good punch, a right to the head, sent Tonna to the canvas where he took 
 the 10 count on his knees in round five. The much hyped showdown with Rodrigo Valdez who 
 now laid claim to the WBC championship by kayoing Bennie Briscoe and then making 
 successful 5 defenses was set for June 26, 1976. The fight was for national and personal 
 pride, Monzon stated "I am going to let him last the full 15 rounds. That way I can 
 watch him bleed slowly." But the fight failed to live to expectations even if it did 
 clear up the confusion surrounding who the best middleweight was. The fight held in 
 Monte Carlo and again the recurring theme of Monzon's great jab and straight hand took 
 full effect. Whenever Valdez would begin a combination or single blow he would run into 
 a jab which was followed by a right hand or clinch. The final exclamation point 14th 
 when Monzon scored a knockdown en route to a unanimous decision win by the closer than 
 expect scores of 146-144, 147-145 and 148-144. The scores would set up a second fight 
 which was postponed for 3 weeks because of a cut sustained by Monzon in training. In 
 this fight Valdez got off to a fast start, sending Monzon to the canvas with a right 
 cross (the first time Monzon had been down in 13 years) to the head in  the second 
 round. But Rodriguez was unable to follow up on the advantage. Monzon rallied in rounds 
 four, five and six keeping his cool by scoring with precision like right hand leads 
 (forgoing his jab) and counters as Valdes swung wildly, showing visible sings of tiring. 
 Valdez made a short rally round seven and eight evening the fight at the midway mark. 
 The tide turned once again and dramatically in round 10 when Monzon opened a cut over 
 Rodrigo's left eye and with his right eye swelling shut Valdez became a sitting duck for 
 the sharp shooting Monzon. Carlos also claimed he injured his right hand in round 10 but 
 was a winner on the scorecards of referee Roland Dakin 146-141, Heinz Halbach 147-144 
 and Mario Folette 145-143. The Ring magazine score had Monzon in front 146-140. Monzon 
 collected a career high $500,000 for the fight but after Monzon immediately retired 
 stating "I think I showed everyone I'm one of the great ones. It's definite now, I 
 dedicate this final victory to my country."  It was a worthy exit for a boxing legend 
 who was the king of all he surveyed. Monzon now drifted off into retirement with 14 of 
 his last 16 fights being title defenses. After his retirement from the ring Monzon was 
 set for life financially. He owned a 1,750 acre ranch (Esperanza - the hope), 12 
 apartment buildings and a variety of business interests (which were not successful and 
 lost him more money than he made). But Monzon could never find anything to hold his 
 attention like boxing did. The one thing he did try his hand at and wanted badly was 
 acting during his boxing career he acted in the movies "The count is over", "La Mary", 
 and "El Machodo" and now wanted to do this full time. While he had done acting while he 
 was champion he now found as his fame decreased he was no longer wanted. As his acting 
 career dissipated some shady characters began to hang out with Monzon. Carlos began to 
 drink heavily and even reportedly experiment with cocaine. In 1979 he meet dancer Alicia 
 Muniz at a airport waiting for his flight to Paris and for 9 years they were to have a 
 stormy love/hate relationship and give Monzon his son Maximiliano. Their relationship 
 came to a horrible end when Monzon strangled Alicia to death in a jealous rage before 
 throwing her off a balcony. Monzon was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of 
 Fame in June 1991. On January 8th, 1995 the life of Carlos Monzon came to a end on a 
 lonely stretch of highway in Santa Rosa de Calchines, only 50 miles from his hometown, 
 when the car he was driving went out of control and crashed. Monzon was returning to 
 jail from a weekend furlough (given to him for good behavior) when his car flipped 
 repeatedly throwing Monzon from the car where he died before help could arrive. Monzon 
 was 52 years old at the time of his death. Over 30,000 people came to his funeral and 
 Monzon's casket was passed along by his fans to his final resting place. In 1996 a 
 statue of Monzon was erected by the poor of Santa Fe people who had always stood 
 by "their" Monzon.

Carlos Monzon

Career Record: 87 W, 3 L, 9 D, 1 NC (59 K.O's)


                                 -1963-

 6 Feb   Ramon Montenegro        Argentina               KO2
 13 Mar  Albino Veron            Argentina               NC1
 9 Apr   Albino Veron            Argentina               KO 2
 26 Apr  Mario Suarez            Argentina               KO7
 3 May   Raul Rivas              Argentina               KO5
 31 May  Jose Rodriguez          Argentina               KO5
 17 Jul  Andres Cejas            Argentina               KO4
 9 Aug   Lisandro Guzman         Argentina               KO3
 28 Aug  Antonio Aguilar         Argentina               L10
 18 Oct  Benito Sanchez          Argentina               KO8
 6 Dec   Rene Sosa               Argentina               KO6
 
                                  -1964-
 
 17 Jan  Roberto Carabajal       Argentina               KO8
 13 Jun  Angel Coria             Argentina               W8
 28 Jun  Felipe Cambeiro         Brazil                  L8
 10 Jul  Roberto Carabajal       Argentina               W10
 24 Jul  Walter Villa            Argentina               KO9
 14 Aug  Juan Diaz               Argentina               KO9
 4 Sep   Americo Vaca            Argentina               KO3
 25 Sep  Francisco Olea          Argentina               KO9
 9 Oct   Alberto Massi           Argentina               L10
 28 Oct  Francisco Gelabert      Argentina               KO4
 18 Nov  Celedonio Lima          Argentina               D10
 
                                  -1965-
 
 8 Jan   Andres Selpa            Argentina               D10
 11 Mar  Andres Selpa            Argentina               W10
 9 Apr   Emilio Ale-Ali          Argentina               D10
 19 May  Anibal Cordoba          Argentina               W10
 14 Jul  Alberto Redondo         Argentina               KO8
 31 Jul  Felipe Cambeiro         Brazil                  W8
 14 Aug  Manoel Severino         Brazil                  D8
 28 Aug  Manoel Severino         Brazil                  D8
 6 Oct   Gregorio Gomez          Argentina               W10
 17 Nov  Celedonio Lima          Argentina               KO5
 8 Dec   Antonio Aguilar         Argentina               W10
 29 Dec  Carlos Salinas          Argentina               W10
 
                                  -1966-
 
 4 Feb   Ramon Rocha             Argentina               W10
 17 Feb  Norberto Juncos         Argentina               KO7
 29 Apr  Ismael Hamze            Argentina               KO9
 3 Jun   Marcos Bustos           Argentina               D10
 8 Jul   Benito Sanchez          Argentina               KO4
 3 Sep   Jorge Fernandez         Argentina               W12
 1 Oct   Angel Coria             Argentina               W10
 18 Nov  Luis Pereyra            Argentina               KO2
 2 Dec   Alberto Massi           Argentina               KO8
 23 Dec  Marcelo Farias          Argentina               KO3
 
                                  -1967-
 
 13 Jan  Carlos Salinas          Argentina               KO8
 27 Jan  Eudoro Robledo          Argentina               KO4
 15 Feb  Alberto Massi           Argentina               W10
 9 Mar   Osvaldo Marino          Argentina               KO7
 25 Mar  Angel Coria             Argentina               KO6
 9 Apr   Benito Sanchez          Argentina               KO3
 6 May   Bennie Briscoe          Argentina               D10
 10 Jun  Jorge Fernandez         Argentina               W12
 29 Jul  Antonio Aguilar         Argentina               KO9
 16 Aug  Tito Marshall           Argentina               W10
 8 Sep   Ramon Rocha             Argentina               W10
 6 Oct   Carlos Estrada          Argentina               KO7
 20 Oct  Ramon Rocha             Argentina               KO7
 18 Nov  Tito Marshall           Argentina               W10
 
                                  -1968-
 
 15 Apr  Juan Aguilar            Argentina               D10
 17 May  Alberto Massi           Argentina               W10
 19 Jun  Juan Aguilar            Argentina               W10
 5 Jul   Benito Sanchez          Argentina               KO4
 14 Aug  Douglas Huntley         Argentina               KO4
 23 Oct  Charlie Austin          Argentina               W10
 7 Dec   Johnny Brooks           Argentina               W10
 20 Dec  Emilio Ale-Ali          Argentina               W10
 
                                  -1969-
 
 10 Jan  Ruben Orrico            Argentina               KO9
 14 Mar  Mario Taborda           Argentina               KO3
 25 Apr  Carlos Salinas          Argentina               D10
 6 Jun   Carlos Salinas          Argentina               KO7
 5 Jul   Harold Richardson       Argentina               KO3
 9 Aug   Tom Bethea              Argentina               W10
 5 Sep   Emilio Ale-Ali          Argentina               KO7
 27 Sep  Manoel Severino         Argentina               KO6
 12 Dec  Carlos Estrada          Argentina               KO2

                                  -1970-

 11 Feb  Antonio Aguilar         Argentina               KO6
 7 Mar   Juan Aguilar            Argentina               KO9
 17 Apr  Adolfo Cardozo          Argentina               KO3
 18 Jul  Eddie Pace              Argentina               W10
 19 Sep  Candy Rosa              Argentina               KO4
 7 Nov   Nino Benvenuti          Italy                   KO12
         (Won World Middleweight Title)
 19 Dec  Charlie Austin          Argentina               KO2
 
                                  -1971-
 
 19 Feb  Domingo Guerrero        Argentina               KO2
 6 Mar   Roy Lee                 Argentina               KO2
 8 May   Nino Benvenuti          Monaco                  KO3
         (Retained World Middleweight Title)
 25 Sep  Emile Griffith          Argentina               KO14
         (Retained World Middleweight Title)
 4 Dec   Fraser Scott            Argentina               KO3
 
                                  -1972-

 4 Mar   Denny Moyer             Italy                   KO5
         (Retained World Middleweight Title)
 17 Jun  Jean-Claude Bouttier    France                  KO13
         (Retained World Middleweight Title)
 19 Aug  Tom Bogs                Denmark                 KO5
         (Retained World Middleweight Title)
 11 Nov  Bennie Briscoe          Argentina               W15
         (Retained World Middleweight Title)
 
                                  -1973-
 
 5 May   Lee Roy Dale            Italy                   KO5
 2 Jun   Emile Griffith          Monaco                  W15
         (Retained World Middleweight Title)
 29 Sep  Jean-Claude Bouttier    France                  W15
         (Retained World Middleweight Title)
 
                                  -1974-
 
 9 Feb   Jose Napoles            France                  KO7
         (Retained World Middleweight Title)
 5 Oct   Tony Mundine            Argentina               KO7
        (Retained World Middleweight Title)
 
                                  -1975-
 
 30 Jun  Tony Licata             NY                      KO10
         (Retained World Middleweight Title)
 13 Dec  Gratien Tonna           France                  KO5
         (Retained World Middleweight Title)
 
                                  -1976-
 
 26 Jun  Rodrigo Valdez          Monaco                  W15
         (Retained World Middleweight Title)
 
                                  -1977-
 
 30 Jul Rodrigo Valdez           Monaco                  W15
         (Retained World Middleweight Title)