1957-09-20 Archie Moore w rsc 7 (15) Tony Anthony, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD

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1957-09-20 Archie Moore w rsc 7 (15) Tony Anthony, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Mushy Callahan. Again having difficulty making the weight, when the champion started slowly with the cross-armed defence that he had become associated with the opening three rounds saw Anthony (172) jabbing out the left but doing little else. By the fifth Moore (175) had begun to go to work, mixing up the jab with bobbing and weaving on the inside, and in the sixth Anthony shipped plenty of punishment before being on the floor when the bell rang. Although tearing out of his corner showing plenty of fight at the start of the seventh, with Anthony soon on the defensive he was eventually counted out at 2.29 of the session after being dropped by a terrific right to the head.

When Moore asked for a £33,000 guarantee from any man wishing to challenge for his title, bearing in mind the fact that he had already beaten his two leading contenders, Harold Johnson and Anthony, who had stopped the third-rated Yvon Durelle inside seven rounds at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York on 14 March 1958, it was anyone’s guess as to who would be selected as his next opponent. What also did not help was the weakness of the commissions, especially the NBA, who were trying to force Moore into accepting Johnson as his next defence despite being powerless to do so legally unless it suited the champion’s time frame.

Following an eight-round retirement win over South Africa’s Mike Holt at the Forum, Montreal, Canada on 16 July it appeared that Durelle, who successfully defended his British Empire title by his victory, was the favourite to get the next crack at the title. Confirmation that the fight had been made came at the end of September.