1954-05-02 Jimmy Carruthers w pts 12 Chamroen Songkitrat, National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand - WORLD

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1954-05-02 Jimmy Carruthers w pts 12 Chamrern Songkitrat, National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand - WORLD. Referee: Bill Henneberry: 31½-27½. Contested in a downpour, both boxers fought in bare feet in order to get a grip and twice during the fight electric light bulbs exploded everywhere, showering the fighters with glass. There was little in it after six rounds but by the ninth Carruthers (117¼) was getting on top, his powerful left hooks giving Songkitrat (117¼) plenty to think about. However, cut over the right eye in the tenth the champion began to tire against the hard-punching Thai and was glad to hear the final bell, upon which he was awarded the referee’s verdict that equated to a two-round margin. Henneberry, imported from Australia, was the only scoring official in the contest.

In response to the announcement by Carruthers the day after that he was retiring, the World Championship Committee eventually selected Robert Cohen and Songkitrat to contest the vacant title.