1963-12-02 Sandro Mazzinghi w rsc 13 (15) Ralph Dupas, The Stadium, Sydney, Australia - WBA

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1963-12-02 Sandro Mazzinghi w rsc 13 (15) Ralph Dupas, The Stadium, Sydney, Australia - WBA. Referee: Vic Patrick. Fighting bravely, although outgunned, the challenger made life difficult for Mazzinghi (153) for a few rounds, scoring heavily in the sixth when cutting the latter over the left eye. However, by the ninth he was tiring badly. Having shown excellent ring-craft against his hard-punching opponent to get so far, Dupas (150¼) hung on bravely into the 13th. But after being smashed to the canvas three times in that session he was rescued by the referee on the 1.20 mark with Mazzinghi still full of fight.

Forced out of action due to a car accident in which his wife was killed, Mazzinghi, given an extension to his title defence every six-month clause, got back into training in March 1964.

On 3 October, at the Sports Palace, Genoa, Italy, Mazzinghi knocked out America’s Tony Montano inside 12 rounds of a fight that had been advertised for the WBA championship. Unfortunately, when Montano weighed in two and a half pounds over the weight although the contest went ahead the title was not involved.