1957-04-01 Alphonse Halimi w pts 15 Mario D'Agata, Sports Palace, Paris, France - NY/EBU
1957-04-01 Alphonse Halimi w pts 15 Mario D'Agata, Sports Palace, Paris, France - NY/EBU. Referee: Philippe De Becker. During the third round the lighting apparatus above the ring burst into flames, the deaf-mute, D'Agata (117½), intimating with great difficulty that he had suffered burns while Halimi (116¼) kept fighting. Following a delay of 15 minutes the fight went ahead, and although the champion's manager protested with great vigour that a no-contest be declared he was overruled by the officials in charge. From then on there was only one man in it, the tough D’Agata being outboxed round after round by the skilful Frenchman. Halimi, who had too much of everything for D’Agata, was barely tested and it was no surprise when the referee raised his arm at the final bell.