1956-03-14 Johnny Saxton w pts 15 Carmen Basilio, The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA - WORLD
1956-03-14 Johnny Saxton w pts 15 Carmen Basilio, The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA - WORLD. Referee: Frank Gilmer. Scorecards: 144-142, 145-138, 147-140. Unable to fight in New York due to his manager, Blinky Palermo, being banned there, the challenger met Basilio (146¾) in Chicago and regained his old title in what was seen as an upset. Despite Basilio complaining about the decision he had been outboxed by Saxton (146), who stayed at distance and scored continuously with stiff left jabs while proving too elusive to be caught after a tough second round. There was no doubt that Basilio intended to end the fight in the second as he threw everything at Saxton, who despite being shaken up came back towards the end of the session to cut the champion over the left eye. From thereon, Saxton was never in serious trouble, but would have to defend against Basilio due to a private agreement existing between the two managers.