1965-12-17 Nino Benvenuti w pts 15 Sandro Mazzinghi, Sports Palace, Rome, Italy - WBA/WBC
1965-12-17 Nino Benvenuti w pts 15 Sandro Mazzinghi, Sports Palace, Rome, Italy - WBA/WBC. Referee: Giacinto Aniello. Starting well, the champion dropped Mazzinghi (153¾) in the second round with a sharp left, but was unable to repeat the trick and ultimately had to be satisfied with a disputed points decision. The Ring Record Book gives the decision as being a unanimous one, whereas other reports indicate the sole arbiter as being the referee. Early on it appeared that Mazzinghi could not get past the Benvenuti (153¾) left hand, and by the sixth the latter had established a comfortable lead. In the seventh through the ninth, however, Mazzinghi finally managed to find a way to break down his rival’s defence, working the head and body well with both hands before he was held up during the tenth and 11th. Although Mazzinghi had the best of the 12th and 13th sessions, Benvenuti was back in charge prior to the final bell. Despite the former champion being upset with the result most independents went with the winner.