1961-10-28 Joe Brown w pts 15 Bert Somodio, Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines - WORLD

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1961-10-28 Joe Brown w pts 15 Bert Somodio, Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines - WORLD. Referee: Arch Hindman. Scorecards: 72-62, 71-65, 72-66. Despite making a good start and doing well during the opening four rounds, Somodio (135) soon found out that Brown (135) had bided his time while having a good look at him. Opening up in the fifth, Brown momentarily dropped Somodio before shaking him up in the seventh and cutting his left eye. Keeping on top with clever tactics, having dropped Somodio for ‘nine’ in the 11th with a right-left to the jaw, for the remaining sessions Brown expertly countered the challenger as he tried to make a grandstand finish. Somodio had done his best, but went down by a wide margin on the scorecards.

Finally, it was announced that Brown would defend his title against Carlos Ortiz, who had been chasing him for several years. Ortiz had gone pro early in 1955 and had run up 29 wins from 32 bouts before operating in the newly structured junior welterweight division as champion while waiting for Brown to put up the title. Having lost the junior title to Duilio Loi on 10 May, wins over Doug Vaillant (w pts 10 at the Auditorium, Miami, Florida on 2 September) and Paolo Rosi (w pts 10 at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York on 18 November) made it impossible for Brown to avoid Ortiz any longer.

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