1958-04-01 Hogan Kid Bassey w co 3 (15) Ricardo Moreno, Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD

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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 while 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 the latter’s head off. Bassey then went after his man two-fistedly, cutting the space 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.

With the number-one contender now being Davey Moore, 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 at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles on 11 December to set up the 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 when beating Charley Riley, Eddie Burgin, Gil Cadilli, Isidro Martinez, Jose Luis Cotero, Fili Nava, Lauro Salas and Kid Anahuac (twice).