1966-04-30 Sandro Lopopolo w pts 15 Carlos Hernandez, Sports Palace, Rome, Italy - WBA/WBC
1966-04-30 Sandro Lopopolo w pts 15 Carlos Hernandez, Sports Palace, Rome, Italy - WBA/WBC. Referee: Manuel Risoto. Scorecards: 71-68, 70-67, 69-69. Showing plenty of spirit and craftiness, and fighting in front of his own people, Lopopolo (139½) started to show in the second session with quick left-rights to the head after feeling the champion out in the first. He repeated this tactic throughout, but by the fifth Hernandez (139½) was warming to the task with some cracking left smashes to the head and cut Lopopolo over the right eye in the seventh following a volley of lefts. Although Lopopolo was shading things, Hernandez always looked dangerous with his power and in the ninth a stream of left uppercuts had the Italian down on one knee. After chasing Hernandez in the 11th, Lopopolo eased off for a round or so to conserve his energy before coming back with long lefts to keep the champion at bay. The final round saw both men fighting hard for supremacy, with Lopopolo getting a second wind and eventually outworking Hernandez, who claimed afterwards that the referee had stopped him from fighting.