1965-04-23 Salvatore Burruni w pts 15 Pone Kingpetch, Sports Palace, Rome, Italy - WORLD
1965-04-23 Salvatore Burruni w pts 15 Pone Kingpetch, Sports Palace, Rome, Italy - WORLD. Referee: Ramon Berumen. Scorecards: 74-63, 72-68, 75-54. Pressing throughout, Burruni (111¾) outhustled and outskilled the brave but badly bruised Kingpetch (111¼) to win going away. Whether it was in defence or attack, the Italian challenger was the master, being praised for his tactics by Kingpetch following the fight.
Burruni forfeited WBA recognition in November after failing to defend against the number-one challenger, Hiroyuki Ebihara, within the given deadline. Following the announcement, the latter was matched for the vacant WBA title against Horacio Accavallo, who had outpointed Burruni three months earlier. Unfortunately for Ebihara, he had to be replaced by Katsuyoshi Takayama when injured in training.