1957-11-06 Alphonse Halimi w pts 15 Raton Macias, Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD

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1957-11-06 Alphonse Halimi w pts 15 Raton Macias, Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Mushy Callahan. Scorecards: 148-141, 147-136, 141-144. Settling down quickly, Halimi (117¼) crowded Macias (118) out, giving him no room to work and generally taking the play away from the crowd favourite. At the end of the sixth round, having achieved what he set out to do, Halimi then set about outboxing Macias, keeping him at bay with an excellent left jab and generally controlling the contest from thereon to win the split decision and unify the title.

Having agreed time out with the authorities to tour with the Amar Circus, Halimi got back into action in October 1958 and eventually accepted an offer to meet the winner of Jose Becerra v Mario D’Agata on 5 February 1959 at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles. It should have been Piero Rollo meeting Becerra, the Italian having just taken D’Agata’s European title. However, Rollo had broken his right hand and was temporarily out of action, leaving the loser to substitute for him in what was effectively a world title eliminator. Becerra beat D’Agata, who retired at the end of the tenth round, and a match against Halimi was made for May 1959 before being put back for a variety of reasons.