1954-12-15 Carl Bobo Olson w rsc 11 (15) Pierre Langlois, Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD

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1954-12-15 Carl Bobo Olson w rsc 11 (15) Pierre Langlois, Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ray Flores. Making a quick start the champion kept flicking his left into the Frenchman’s face before moving out of range of solid right uppercuts. By the fourth round the pace had heated up as both men looked to get their pet punches off, with Olson (159½) working well on the inside and Langlois (157¾) boxing well on the counter while looking to score heavily with uppercuts. After being cut over the left eye in the sixth Langlois’ work became ragged as Olson stepped it up, but he continued to make the fight competitive. However, with Langlois’ eye damage worsening the referee brought the fight to a halt after 58 seconds of the 11th had elapsed, having consulted the ringside doctor.

Given until 11 June 1955 to defend his title, Olson was allowed more time by the authorities after defeating the former light heavyweight champ, Joey Maxim, in order to challenge Archie Moore for the light heavyweight crown on 22 June.

Earlier, on 20 October 1954, Sugar Ray Robinson announced he was returning to the ring, and despite losing to Ralph Tiger Jones in his second comeback fight he beat Rocky Castellani (w pts 10 at the Cow Palace on 22 July) in what was loosely termed an eliminator to set up a fight with Olson, who had been knocked out in the third round against Moore. When the Olson v Robinson fight was made, supported by the NYSAC, the European champion, Charles Humez, was the number one challenger, but the NBA who should have supported his claim were strangely silent.

Following a ten-round points win over Gene Fullmer in November 1955, Eduardo Lausse, a hard-hitting Argentinian, looked as though he was on his way to a title shot after moving up The Ring magazine ratings into third spot. Having already beaten Aldo Minelli, Jimmy Beau (twice), Chico Varona, Joe Rindone, Georgie Small, Ralph Tiger Jones and Kid Gavilan he had plenty of pedigree. Somewhat surprisingly, a draw against Milo Savage followed by three defeats in his next five contests, against Bobby Boyd and Andres Antonio Selpa (twice), saw him fall away before retiring just nine fights later.