1965-05-17 Fighting Harada w pts 15 Eder Jofre, Aichi Prefectural Gym, Nagoya, Japan - WORLD

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1965-05-17 Fighting Harada w pts 15 Eder Jofre, Aichi Prefectural Gym, Nagoya, Japan - WORLD. Referee: Barney Ross. Scorecards: 71-69, 72-70, 69-72. Attacking non-stop, mainly with head punches, the stocky Harada (117¾) created a sensation when outscoring Jofre (118) to win the title and add bantam honours to his title-winning achievements at flyweight. Try as he might, Jofre, who made a slow start, could not make an impression on the challenger, being generally outworked. He also was not given the time and room to get most of his big punches off, and when he did Harada took them without flinching.

It was announced in August that Alan Rudkin, the British and Commonwealth champion, would be Harada’s first challenger. A compact box-fighter, the fifth-rated Rudkin had beaten Johnny Caldwell and Mimoun Ben Ali to earn his opportunity, and by the time he stepped into the ring against Harada he had won 23 of 24 contests.