1968-09-28 Shozo Saijo w pts 15 Raul Rojas, Municipal Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBA

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1968-09-28 Shozo Saijo w pts 15 Raul Rojas, Municipal Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBA. Referee: John Thomas. Scorecards: 10-5, 9-5, 12-3. Having defeated Rojas in a non-title bout on 6 June, Saijo (125) came into the ring fancying his chances of carrying off the title. His optimism was not unwarranted after he knocked Rojas (126) down in the sixth for a mandatory ‘eight’ with a left-right to body and head, while generally holding sway with his better boxing. Although Rojas made a real go of it in the middle rounds, the 21-year-old Saijo, cut over the left eye in the tenth, put in a strong finish under pressure to leave no doubt as to who was the better man.