1939-10-02 Ceferino Garcia w rsc 7 (15) Fred Apostoli, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY

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1939-10-02 Ceferino Garcia w rsc 7 (15) Fred Apostoli, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY. Referee: Billy Cavanagh. Having moved up to the 160lbs weight division the challenger showed the audience that he had not lost his power when getting straight down to work to win three of the opening four rounds from Apostoli (160). Not to be denied, Apostoli came back strongly in the fifth to have Garcia (153¾) floundering around the ring from heavy blows from both hands, and he would have won the sixth had he not had a point deducted for hitting on the break. Roles were reversed when the hard-hitting Garcia leapt into action in the seventh to drop the Californian with a cracking right-handed bolo punch to the jaw. Getting up far too quickly, Apostoli was an easy target for the same blow, this time staying down for ‘nine’, but when he was smashed straight down again the referee called it off on the 2.07 mark with the count at ‘three’.

Incidentally, the bolo punch was named after the knife action for cutting down vegetation in the Philippines and could be termed as a wide, swinging uppercut.