1959-06-03 Joe Brown w rsc 8 (15) Paolo Rosi, Uline Arena, Washington DC, USA - WORLD

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1959-06-03 Joe Brown w rsc 8 (15) Paolo Rosi, Uline Arena, Washington DC, USA - WORLD. Referee: Charley Reynolds. With Rosi (134) forcing the action in virtually every round the champion was content to box on the back foot for long periods, using countering lefts and rights, but he was caught far too often for a man with his ability. In the third, Rosi was hurt by a crashing right to the head and was cut over the left eye as Brown (132) upped his work-rate. While Rosi seemed unperturbed, Brown was content to circle away, sending in the occasional heavy right to the head as the former pursued him while hooking with both hands. The eighth saw Brown finally take the fight to Rosi, a right cross severely gashing the latter over the eye, and with the champion punching away throughout the session to worsen the injuries it was apparent that the fight was almost over. It therefore came as no surprise during the interval when Rosi was pulled out on the advice of the ringside doctors.

Rated number three in the world by The Ring magazine, Dave Charnley, the British and British Empire champion, would be Brown’s next opponent. Charnley had won 33 from 39 contests, having beaten Johnny Gonsalves, Don Jordan, Joey Lopes and Willie Toweel.