1968-07-24 Jose Legra w rsc 5 (15) Howard Winstone, Coney Beach Arena, Porthcawl, Wales - WBC

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1968-07-24 Jose Legra w rsc 5 (15) Howard Winstone, Coney Beach Arena, Porthcawl, Wales - WBC. Referee: Harry Gibbs. Being dropped for a short count in the first round was a huge blow to the champion’s pride, but worse still when he arose his left eye was completely closed. From then on Winstone (125¼) was never in with a chance as Legra (125½) automatically worked away on the blind side, while creating even more damage to the eye. Five times the referee inspected the damage, and when Legra upped the tempo in the fifth with four rapid punches to the head the third man immediately called it off with 55 seconds of the round remaining.

Prior to this fight, fans in Australia had been clamouring for Johnny Famechon (the son of Andre and nephew of Ray and Emile, the legendary French boxing family) to be given a world title opportunity, having won the British Empire title on beating John O’Brien by an 11th round kayo at the Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia on 24 November 1967, before going on to defeat Antonio Herrera (w pts 10 at the Festival Hall on 5 April). With this in mind, the promoters had billed his 15-round fight against Bobby Valdez, which he won on a 13th-round disqualification at The Stadium, Sydney on 20 May, for the world title. Although their intentions were good they were not supported by the Australian Boxing Federation.

However, following wins over Billy McGrandle (when he successfully defended the Empire title with a 12th-round stoppage at the Festival Hall on 13 September) and Nevio Carbi, Famechon was booked to challenge the WBC champion, Jose Legra, in London on 3 December. Although it soured somewhat when Legra pulled out the week before having injured a shoulder, Famechon made good use of his stay in England while preparing for the rescheduled date in January. In a career encompassing 57 contests, other men that Famechon had beaten included Ollie Taylor, Mario Sitri, Lothar Abend, Gilberto Biondi, Don Johnson and Freddie Rengifo, and he had reversed all but one of four defeats.