1964-12-11 Sandro Mazzinghi w pts 15 Fortunato Manca, Sports Palace, Rome, Italy - WBA
1964-12-11 Sandro Mazzinghi w pts 15 Fortunato Manca, Sports Palace, Rome, Italy - WBA. Referee: Giorgio Tinelli. The first eight rounds were evenly balanced, and despite the champion displaying greater speed and agility he was unable to get on top of Manca (152¾), who was always fighting back. Unfortunately, from there on in the contest developed into a punch-up as Manca began to use his right hand more, and in the last round he almost got to Mazzinghi (153½) with vicious right hooks. Following the referee’s decision in favour of Mazzinghi, who should have stuck to his boxing instead of getting too involved, Manca felt that he might have done considerably better had he not injured his right hand in the days leading up to the fight.
Having turned pro after winning a gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games, Nino Benvenuti had run up 61 straight wins and was the obvious opponent for Mazzinghi in what would be a match between countrymen. A classy box-fighter, Benvenuti had beaten Isaac Logart, Jimmy Beecham (twice), Victor Zalazar, Gaspar Ortega, Ted Wright, Denny Moyer, Juan Carlos Duran, Art Hernandez and Mick Leahy among others and was generally seen as the champion in waiting.