1953-09-18 Kid Gavilan w pts 15 Carmen Basilio, War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA - WORLD
1953-09-18 Kid Gavilan w pts 15 Carmen Basilio, War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: George Walsh. Scorecards: 8-6, 7-6, 5-7. Showing distinct signs of having difficulty in making the weight, the champion did not start that well against the rough and ready Basilio (147) and was made to pay for it when a cracking left hook to the jaw deposited him on the canvas for ‘nine’ in the second round. Unfortunately for Basilio he failed to take advantage of the situation and Gavilan (146¾) gradually got himself back into the fight when showing cleverness and good use of the jab, which eventually cut and closed the challenger’s left eye. At the end of the sixth, Basilio was thought to have won four sessions, but from thereon Gavilan rolled out at least six of the remaining nine when showing his infighting ability. To Basilio’s credit, even when hurt as he was in the tenth after being punished with lefts and rights to the body, he continued to fire back and could take credit from his display.