1952-02-04 Kid Gavilan w pts 15 Bobby Dykes, The Stadium, Miami, Florida, USA - NBA/NY

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1952-02-04 Kid Gavilan w pts 15 Bobby Dykes, The Stadium, Miami, Florida, USA - NBA/NY. Referee: Eddie Coachman. Scorecards: 142-141, 145-139, 140-143. Yet again Gavilan (147) successfully defended his title by means of a split decision, this time against a rank outsider who was not expected to stay long. Starting shakily, the lanky Dykes (146¾) was decked for a count of ‘eight’ by left and right hooks in the second, while appearing at a loss as to how to deal with Gavilan’s flurrying attacks, but as the fight wore on he started to come forward with the left jab. Having his best round in the tenth, Dykes jabbed and hooked well throughout as he looked to make up any leeway. He also fired in solid rights when the opportunity arose, but Gavilan was not done for. After Dykes had slipped to the canvas in the 11th Gavilan made his run for home, but on finding the challenger still full of fight in the final three sessions he would ultimately have to rely on the judges.

Gavilan’s next defence would be against Gil Turner, who was unbeaten in 31 contests and had overcome former lightweight champions, Beau Jack and Ike Williams, and defeated Bernard Docusen, Mario Trigo, Del Flanagan, the brother of Glen, Don Williams and Chico Varona. The Ring magazine, who rated Turner at number two, commented that he was tireless and threw more punches in a contest than anyone else around.