1925-05-02 Pancho Villa w pts 15 Clever Sencio, Wallace Field Stadium, Manila, Philippines - WORLD

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1925-05-02 Pancho Villa w pts 15 Clever Sencio, Wallace Field Stadium, Manila, Philippines - WORLD. In a boring fight, due to neither man really extending himself, Villa (110) was the master of his challenger in virtually every round despite Sencio (111½) throwing more punches, many of which lacked quality, and was well worth the unanimous decision in his favour. Tragically, Villa died from a poisoned tooth infection on 14 July, ten days after boxing the future welterweight champion, Jimmy McLarnin (l pts 10 at Oaks Ballpark, Oakland, California on 4 July) at catchweights and the title became vacant. As the reigning American champion, Frankie Genaro claimed the title on the strength of his 1923 victory over Villa, but before any acceptance was forthcoming he was asked to defend his American title against Fidel LaBarba, the former Olympic champion who had put together seven wins in 11 bouts since turning pro in September 1924.

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