1956-09-12 Carmen Basilio w rsc 9 (15) Johnny Saxton, War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA - WORLD

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1956-09-12 Carmen Basilio w rsc 9 (15) Johnny Saxton, War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Al Berl. Having learned from their previous meeting, Basilio (146¼) won every round bar the second when cutting the ring space down and scoring consistently with left hooks and right crosses as the champion failed to use the ring as well as he had done previously. In the eighth Saxton (145¾) was eventually forced to back-pedal after Basilio upped the pressure and chased his man from pillar to post in the hope of finishing it. The ninth had only just started when a long right to the jaw sent Saxton reeling, and following his man up Basilio hit the champion with all manner of blows from head to body before the referee intervened on the 1.31 mark to save a knockout from occurring.