1937-03-24 Gustave Roth w pts 15 Preciso Merlo, Sports Palace, Brussels, Belgium - IBU
1937-03-24 Gustave Roth w pts 15 Preciso Merlo, Sports Palace, Brussels, Belgium - IBU. Referee: Francois Vaisberg. According to the L’independance the fight was extremely one-sided with Roth landing the better punches throughout while Merlo merely received them. Within a round or so from the start Merlo’s face began to show signs of wear, the damage continuing to worsen due to the flow of leather coming his way. The former European champion, who had come into the contest following just one win in his last five outings, proved to be no match for the clever Roth. Not only was Roth difficult to hit but he seemed able to send in straight lefts and uppercuts almost as and when he pleased. At the same time it did not help Merlo’s cause that he lacked the power required to turn the fight round with one punch. Roth’s balance and movement were a joy to watch in terms of ring science, but with Merlo’s corner at a loss to advise their man tactically the decision was a formality.