1955-03-09 Raton Macias w rsc 11 (15) Chamroen Songkitrat, Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA - NBA

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1955-03-09 Raton Macias w rsc 11 (15) Chamroen Songkitrat, Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA - NBA. Referee: Fred Apostoli. Despite the Californian Boxing Commission banning the fight being named as a world title bout and the Thai Boxing authorities accepting the assignment on the basis that Robert Cohen was the recognised champion, it was supported by the NBA and other satellite States as being one. Outscoring Songkitrat (117¼) in all but two of the rounds, the 20-year-old Macias (117¼) showed up well with the left jab-left-hook routine, proving that he possessed a heavy right hand wallop when having the Thai down on four legal occasions. Eventually, the referee stopped the action at 2.38 of the 11th round to rescue Songkitrat from taking further punishment. Songkitrat, who was also put down from a punch below the belt, was a game opponent, but out of condition he had relied on his spirit to get through.

Having now won the NBA version of the title, Macias took in some non-title bouts, the third of which proved a disaster after suffering a broken jaw when beaten by Billy Peacock (l co 3 at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California on 15 June). Out of action until October it was expected that efforts would be made for him to defend against Peacock, but somehow it never happened and his next defence would be against the number-two rated flyweight, Leo Espinosa, which made a mockery of the NBA.

Meanwhile, Peacock eliminated Songkitrat (w co 9 at the Rajadamnern Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand on 16 October) prior to getting himself put out of the title picture by Alphonse Halimi (l pts 10 at the Sports Palace, Paris, France on 16 March 1956).

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