1980-03-16 Alan Minter w pts 15 Vito Antuofermo, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD

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1980-03-16 Alan Minter w pts 15 Vito Antuofermo, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD. Referee: Carlos Padilla. Scorecards: 144-141, 149-137, 143-145. For the opening five rounds, for whatever reason the champion allowed the southpaw Minter (159¾) to make the running, especially with solid right jabs hitting the mark time and time again. Minter was also able to hammer in uppercuts and combinations during that spell. In the sixth Antuofermo (158¾) woke up to the fact that he was behind on the cards when tearing into Minter. Despite a lack of accuracy from Antuofermo, which Minter took advantage of with accurate counters, the latter was forced to change tactics. When a bad cut was opened over Minter’s right eye in the ninth, by the 12th the damage was causing some concern due to Antuofermo charging in with his head at every opportunity. Following the 13th, that saw both men going toe to toe, in the 14th Minter was dropped by a straight right which he felt was a slip. With Antuofermo desperately trying to pull the iron out of the fire the final session turned into a brawl, but at the end of it Britain had a new undisputed world champion. In the aftermath, the WBC President, Jose Sulaiman, declared that the English judge, Roland Dakin, who had scored the fight 149-137, would be suspended indefinitely.

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