1958-04-01 Hogan Kid Bassey w co 3 (15) Ricardo Moreno, Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD
1958-04-01 Hogan Kid Bassey w co 3 (15) Ricardo Moreno, Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Tommy Hart. After a torrid opening round in which both men hurt each other the champion boxed to instructions in the second, picking the dangerous, hard-punching Moreno (124¾) apart with well placed shots and biding his time. At the start of the third, Bassey (124) let Moreno come to him before hammering in a couple of tremendous uppercuts which almost took Moreno’s head off. Bassey then went after his man two-fistedly, cutting the ring down and battering Moreno from one side of the ring to the other before unleashing a smashing right to the jaw which decked the Mexican, who desperately but unsuccessfully tried to get up prior to being counted out on the 2.56 mark.
By now the number one contender was Davey Moore and it was clear that Bassey’s next defence would almost certainly be against him. With the commissions waiving the six month ruling on title defences, Bassey took in a tour of America, meeting and beating Willie Pep, Carmelo Costa and Ernesto Parra, while Moore knocked out Moreno inside a round on 11 December at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles to set up a title fight. Originally intended for February 1959, it was put back to allow Bassey’s manager, George Biddles, time to recover from a serious illness.
Prior to destroying Moreno, Moore had scored 34 wins in 41 contests, but despite losing on five occasions he was unbeaten in his last ten contests. Very strong for a featherweight, Moore augmented that with powerful combinations and good movement, beating Charley Riley, Eddie Burgin, Gil Cadilli, Isidro Martinez, Jose Luis Cotero, Fili Nava, Lauro Salas and Kid Anahuac (twice).