1959-07-08 Joe Becerra w co 8 (15) Alphonse Halimi, Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD

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8 July Joe Becerra w co 8 (15) Alphonse Halimi, Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Tommy Hart. Defending his title, Halimi (117) made a good start before Becerra (117½) took up the running in round three to make a real fight of it, neither man giving anything away. The pace was teriffic and could not be sustained. In the eighth, Halimi hurt the Mexican with a hard right, a punch which triggered off two more heavy blows to the head that floored the champion for a count of four. On rising, Becerra jumped on Halimi and another left hook followed by a crunching right to the head dropped him for the full count on the 2.02 mark.