1964-09-26 Vicente Saldivar w rtd 11 (15) Sugar Ramos, Four Roads Bullring, Mexico City, Mexico - WORLD

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1964-09-26 Vicente Saldivar w rtd 11 (15) Sugar Ramos, Four Roads Bullring, Mexico City, Mexico - WORLD. Referee: Ramon Berumen. After no incident of note, Saldivar (125) took up the running in the ninth, driving the champion back with two-handed attacks to the head and body, and continued the battering in the tenth. Down immediately prior to the bell, although Ramos (124) came out for the 11th he had nothing left and was being hit at will before being retired by his corner during the interval.

A fight that occasionally crops up in record books as involving the championship came on 6 December in Guanajuanato, Mexico when Saldivar retired Delfino Rosales in the 11th of a Mexican title defence over 15 rounds. With both men obviously inside the weight, Saldivar would have been stripped of his world title had he lost and he relinquished his Mexican crown in March 1965.

Earlier, in January, with the regulation six-month defence requirement fast approaching, Saldivar announced that he considered his foremost challengers to be the winner of Howard Winstone v Yves Desmarets and Don Johnson. However, a few weeks later he signed to meet Raul Rojas in early April, which was surprising to say the least as the latter had recently retired from the ring after announcing that he had a cataract on one eye. Although Rojas was unbeaten at the time, he was only rated number nine and hardly warranted a title shot ahead of higher placed contenders.