1984-03-15 Jiro Watanabe w rsc 15 (15) Celso Chavez, Castle Sports Centre, Osaka, Japan - WBA

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1984-03-15 Jiro Watanabe w rsc 15 (15) Celso Chavez, Castle Sports Centre, Osaka, Japan - WBA. Referee: Fritz Werner. Chavez (112¾), sporting a longer reach than the champion, gave Watanabe (115) all the trouble he could handle, being in with a real chance until he was blasted to the canvas in the dying embers of the 14th. Somehow coming out for the last round, but not in a fit state, Chavez was battered at will until he was rescued by the referee on the 1.50 mark.

Watanabe forfeited WBA recognition immediately after winning the WBC version of the title on 5 July, an action that saw Khaosai Galaxy and Eusebio Espinal being matched to find a new champion.

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