1966-08-06 Willie Ludick w pts 15 Jean Josselin, Wembley Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - SOUTH AFRICA

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1966-08-06 Willie Ludick w pts 15 Jean Josselin, Wembley Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - SOUTH AFRICA. Referee: Wilf Garforth. With the two leading men outside of America not invited to take part in the WBA elimination series to find a new world champion, the promoter billed the fight as an eliminator prior to the South African authorities granting it world title status on the result. Both men were deserving and both had beaten Brian Curvis, Ludick winning on points over ten rounds at the Rand Stadium, Johannesburg on 3 April 1965, while Josselin forced the Welshman to retire at the end of the 13th round at the Sports Palace, Paris, France on 25 April 1966 to win the European title.

From start to finish it was a bloody, bruising contest of sustained savagery, which saw both men giving and taking in equal amounts. In the seventh round, Ludick (146½), a southpaw, was dropped by a short right for ‘eight’, and after getting up on rubbery legs, his mouth badly cut and a nasty gash by the side of his right eye, it looked ominous. However, he fought on strongly to claw back the lead following several tremendous rallies, before dropping Josselin (146½) with a solid left hook in the final session to just about edge home on the scorecards.

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