1965-01-18 Carlos Hernandez w pts 15 Eddie Perkins, New Circus Bullring, Caracas, Venezuela - WBA/WBC

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1965-01-18 Carlos Hernandez w pts 15 Eddie Perkins, New Circus Bullring, Caracas, Venezuela - WBA/WBC. Referee: Henry Armstrong. Scorecards: 143-142, 146-143, 129-150. Continually defending his title on away soil finally proved too much for Perkins (140), who was deemed to have lost the contest after the two Venezuelan judges scored against him despite the referee having him winning by a wide margin on his card. At the halfway stage Perkins seemed well in front, and even though Hernandez (139½) came back with long lefts and rights, especially to the body, the former remained in control. There was no doubt that Hernandez’s driving finish would have influenced the judges to some degree, but following the fight the former three-weight world champion referee claimed that it was the most brazen demonstration of partiality he had ever witnessed.

Very little was known about Mario Rossito, who was selected for Hernandez’s first title defence, other than he had won 44 out of 55 contests and was relatively durable. Despite not being rated by The Ring magazine, Rossito had beaten J. D. Ellis, Vicente Rivas (twice), Bert Somodio and Eugenio Espinosa, but was not given much of a chance against the hard-hitting Hernandez.

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