1960-10-25 Alphonse Halimi w pts 15 Freddie Gilroy, The Arena, Wembley, London, England - EBU
1960-10-25 Alphonse Halimi w pts 15 Freddie Gilroy, The Arena, Wembley, London, England - EBU. Referee: Philippe De Becker. In a fight that almost caused a riot, the French referee, who was totally out of tune with all of the reporters present, held up Halimi’s hand at the final bell. The southpaw Gilroy (116) had seemed well out in front coming into the 13th round, having dropped Halimi (117½) in the seventh and cut him over the left eye in the ninth, but was floored himself at the end of the session. However, he made an excellent recovery, getting right back into the fight and chasing the champion around the ring before being stunned by the decision.
Originally billed as being for the title, Piero Rollo outpointed Billy Rafferty over 15 rounds at the Amsicora Stadium, Cagliari, Italy on 30 October. The fight had gone ahead as a non-title affair after the Italian authorities failed to get the backing of the EBU on the grounds that the victor would get first crack at the winner of Eder Jofre v Eloy Sanchez.
In a shock announcement in April 1961, the London promoter, Jack Solomons, proudly stated that he had outbid Tokyo and Bangkok to get the services of Halimi to defend the EBU version of the world title against Johnny Caldwell, the British flyweight champion. Thus jumping the gun, Caldwell, who had been trying to obtain a match with Pone Kingpetch for the world flyweight title, finding it more and more difficult to make 112lbs decided he was good enough to meet the best at 118lbs.