1980-09-06 Ayub Kalule w pts 15 Bushy Bester, Athletics Stadium, Aarhus, Denmark - WBA

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1980-09-06 Ayub Kalule w pts 15 Bushy Bester, Athletics Stadium, Aarhus, Denmark - WBA. Referee: Davy Pearl. Scorecards: 147-138, 147-138, 147-139. Although Bester (152½) was not expected to pose much of a threat to Kalule (153¼) he provided a real challenge, almost having the latter over in the sixth round when he had him on the ropes bewildered and hurt. While Kalule had the class and moved up a gear from there on in, Bester never gave up and was always in there working away against his fellow southpaw, leaving him badly bruised and cut over the left eye. Not being a puncher did not help Kalule’s cause. Despite repeatedly landing hooks and uppercuts to Bester’s head, unable to stop the South African in his tracks he ultimately had to settle for a points victory. Making the fight from start to finish, Bester, who was cut over the right eye towards the end, left the ring to great applause, having forced Kalule to fight on his terms.

Ranked at number two by the WBA at this time, Roger Leonard, the older brother of Sugar Ray, was eying a shot at the title after beating Sean Mannion, Mario Maldonado, Rudy Robles, Johnny Gant and Clyde Gray. Known as ‘The Dodger’ for his ability to make punches miss, Leonard was well on track before being beaten by Maldonado and retiring one fight later.