1955-09-03 Robert Cohen drew 15 Willie Toweel, Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - NY/EBU
1955-09-03 Robert Cohen drew 15 Willie Toweel, Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - NY/EBU. Referee: Willie Lubbers. Down three times in the second round, Toweel (117½) looked as though he would be beaten easily, but he came back well with the left jab to dictate the fight until being knocked down again in the tenth. At that point, getting his second wind, Cohen (117½) came back strongly to carry off the latter rounds. With two judges casting the fight even and the other judge giving it to Toweel, Cohen appeared lucky to come away with his title, admitting afterwards that he had fought the greater part of the contest with a fractured right thumb.
On recovering from the injury, Cohen ill-advisedly took a catchweight contest against Cherif Hamia, the French featherweight champion, on 10 December at the Sports Palace, Paris, France, and was stopped in the tenth round, the injuries putting him on the sidelines for a few more months.
Signing up in March 1956 to defend his title against Mario D'Agata in June after the latter had defeated Little Cezar (w pts 10 at the Rizal Stadium, Manila, Philippines) on 21 January in an eliminator, Cohen got back into training at the end of April, having made the decision not to take on warm-up bouts in case of suffering further injuries.