1954-11-26 Pascual Perez w pts 15 Yoshio Shirai, Korakuen Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - WORLD

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1954-11-26 Pascual Perez w pts 15 Yoshio Shirai, Korakuen Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - WORLD. Referee: Jack Sullivan. Scorecards: 142-139, 146-139, 143-139. Having earlier boxed a draw with Shirai over ten rounds in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 24 July, the former Olympic gold medallist from the 1948 Games had earned his chance. Although unbeaten in 23 contests, he was mainly unknown due to the fact that he had never ventured outside of Argentina. However, he was steadily moving upwards and the Shirai result took him to number one in the world according to The Ring magazine.

Giving away five inches in reach to the champion, Perez (109¼) attacked continuously to cut back the champion’s early lead that had been built up by the jab, and floored Shirai (112) heavily with a vicious left uppercut in the 12th round. Thereafter, Shirai was battered from pillar to post, being glad to hear the final bell. With stamina in abundance, the five-foot Perez had stopped 21 opponents in his first 24 contests, Shirai (twice) and one Juan Bishop being the only men to last the distance.

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