1965-06-05 Flash Elorde w co 15 (15) Teruo Kosaka, Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines - WBA/WBC

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1965-06-05 Flash Elorde w co 15 (15) Teruo Kosaka, Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines - WBA/WBC. Referee: Totoy Reyes. After scoring knockdowns in the third and fourth rounds the champion got well on top of the game Kosaka (127½) in their much welcomed return, and despite the latter showing tremendous courage the fight became one-sided. With three points deducted for butting, there was no way back for Kosaka, apart from in the seventh round when he hurt Elorde (130), and he took a steady battering. Smashed to the canvas in the 13th following a barrage of lefts and rights to head and body, Kosaka somehow made it into the final session where he was put down again after being hit by everything in Elorde’s armory. Gamely getting to his feet, Kosaka was shown no mercy and again collapsed to the canvas where he was counted out with 46 seconds of the fight remaining.

On 31 October at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, Vicente Derado outpointed Mitsunori Seki over ten rounds in what was considered by the WBC to be an eliminating bout. Following that, Derado was the WBC’s choice to meet the winner of the already contracted Elorde v Kang-Il Suh fight.