1959-04-24 Don Jordan w pts 15 Virgil Akins, Kiel Auditorium, St Louis, Missouri, USA - WORLD
1959-04-24 Don Jordan w pts 15 Virgil Akins, Kiel Auditorium, St Louis, Missouri, USA - WORLD. Referee: Harry Kessler. Scorecards: 70-68, 71-68, 71-65. Starting well, Akins (147) hammered away at the body in the first round before changing tack when going for the head in the second and having a fair bit of success, twice buckling the champion’s legs. Although it looked promising in the third for Akins, from that moment on he began to fade as Jordan (146¾) came into it more and more, with his left jab working overtime. In the eighth, Akins was all but put down when staggered by a right cross. From there onwards it was virtually all one-way traffic as Jordan piled up points with the jab, and several times the crowd urged him to finish it. Afterwards, Jordan explained that he had been unable to stop Akins due to him having injured his right early on.