1954-10-20 Johnny Saxton w pts 15 Kid Gavilan, Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - WORLD
1954-10-20 Johnny Saxton w pts 15 Kid Gavilan, Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - WORLD. Referee: Pete Pataleo. Scorecards: 6-9, 6-7, 6-8. Hampered by a novice-like referee, who continually warned him not to hold and pushed him off at times while taking no notice of low blows perpetrated by Saxton (146½), it was hardly surprising that the champion failed to perform at a high level. It was only in the last two sessions that Gavilan (145½) started putting punches together, landing several hard rights, but it was too little and too late.
Nat Fleischer, writing in The Ring magazine, stated that Saxton won only three rounds and Gavilan was robbed and years later when it came to light that the new champion’s connections were people who boasted that they had controlled the welterweight division the result has to be seen as highly suspicious. As it was, both men were hauled before the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission the next day to explain their conduct, but the result stood regardless of the fact that virtually every boxing scribe present gave the fight Gavilan.