1965-06-18 Nino Benvenuti w co 6 (15) Sandro Mazzinghi, San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy - WBA

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1965-06-18 Nino Benvenuti w co 6 (15) Sandro Mazzinghi, San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy - WBA. Referee: Salvatore Brambilla. The fight started at a fair pace, with Mazzinghi (153½) going for the body while Benvenuti (153) held him at bay with his superb left hand in all rounds other than the third when he was hurt by blows to head and body. By the sixth it was felt that Mazzinghi had built up a small lead due to his pressing tactics, but at 2.40 of the session he was counted out after running into a terrific right uppercut to the jaw. Prior to the contest it was felt by the Mazzinghi camp that the best way to retain the title was to nullify Benvenuti’s left hand, but in doing so the champion ultimately paid the price when failing to spot the right coming.

At their convention in September 1965, the WBC, who had been formed in February 1963, agreed to recognise the 154lbs weight class forthwith, although member bodies such as the Commonwealth (1972), BBBoC (1973) and parts of the USA (1974) would not fall into line for several years. The WBC also recognised Benvenuti as the world champion.