1978-05-14 Rocky Mattioli w rsc 5 (15) Jose Manuel Duran, Adriatic Stadium, Pescara, Italy - WBC

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1978-05-14 Rocky Mattioli w rsc 5 (15) Jose Manuel Duran, Adriatic Stadium, Pescara, Italy - WBC. Referee: Jean Deswert. Challenging Mattioli (152¾) for the WBC title, the former WBA champion, Duran (153), was soon in trouble, seemingly hurt every time he was tagged. Having been shaken up in the first round, when Duran was dropped by a left hook to the chin in the second he was quickly under pressure again on getting up. Staggered virtually every time Mattioli caught up with him Duran was decked again in the fourth, and although he made it through to the fifth he was eventually battered down on one knee by a right to the head. When Duran, thoroughly demoralised, shook his head in recognition of defeat the referee needed no further signs, the fight being called off at 2.24 of the session.

On 2 November, the Tuscaloosa News reported that Edgar Ross, the fifth-ranked junior middle according to The Ring magazine, had been given the go-ahead by the WBC to make a match against Mattioli. Unfortunately for Ross his management team were unable to come to terms with Mattioli’s people and nothing was agreed. A crunching body puncher with the nickname of ‘Mad Dog’, Ross had just three more fights before retiring after being knocked out inside ten rounds by Tony Chiaverini. With 58 wins, two defeats and two draws from 62 contests, his record was outstanding.