1961-10-21 Duilio Loi drew 15 Eddie Perkins, Sports Palace, Milan, Italy - NBA
1961-10-21 Duilio Loi drew 15 Eddie Perkins, Sports Palace, Milan, Italy - NBA. Referee: Nello Barroveccio. Scorecards: 70-69, 69-71, 71-71. There was little action to talk of during the opening rounds and in the seventh, with the crowd whistling and jeering, the referee warned both men to get busy, but to little effect. With Perkins (139½) content to stand off and counter, the champion appeared unable to force matters and the contest degenerated into a shambling bore until the final stages when the pair tried to turn things around. Even when Loi (138½) finally went on the attack in the 15th the fans remained unhappy and although he could not really explain his lethargic display the champion stated that things would be different if there was a return bout.
Following the NBA’s directive for Loi to defend against Perkins on 5 July 1962, the fight was pushed on to September when the latter picked up an injury and Loi defended his European welter title against Fortunato Manca (w pts 15 on 15 July at the Amsicora Stadium, Cagliari) instead.
Meanwhile, the NBA was re-constituted as the World Boxing Association in August 1962.