1955-02-25 Sandy Saddler w pts 15 Teddy Davis, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1955-02-25 Sandy Saddler w pts 15 Teddy Davis, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Harry Kessler. Scorecards: 11-3, 11-3, 12-3. Not an awe-inspiring victory for Saddler (124½), but the successful defence of a title that had been dormant since September 1951. Although Saddler retained the title relatively easily against Davis (126), who became the most defeated challenger in history with 48 losses in 109 contests, he never looked like doing it inside the distance, and while dominating with long left jabs he failed to follow up any advantages. Davis, who finished with his left eye almost closed and a badly swollen right cheek, made Saddler miss a lot by dint of clever movement, but recognised that his chance of winning the title went when he broke his right hand in the third.

Although Ciro Morasen, a Cuban who had been fighting since 1943, took over The Ring magazine’s number-one slot from Ray Famechon in September following wins over Pupi Garcia and Lauro Salas, he lost his high ranking when beaten by Sonny Leon in early December. That defeat scuppered any thoughts Morasen might have had about getting into the ring with Saddler.

For Saddler, having successfully defied the six-month ruling, his next title defence would be against Flash Elorde, who had outpointed him over ten rounds of a catchweight contest at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Philippines on 20 July.