1966-08-24 Curtis Cokes w pts 15 Manuel Gonzalez, Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - WBA
1966-08-24 Curtis Cokes w pts 15 Manuel Gonzalez, Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - WBA. Referee: Pete Giarusso. Scorecards: 8-3, 9-3, 7-5. In contesting the WBA version of the vacant title, Cokes (145¾) and Gonzalez (147) met for the fifth time and at the final bell it was clear that the latter had been beaten for the fourth time. Although Gonzalez gave a good account of himself in the fourth and fifth rounds, he was far too negative, clutching at every opportunity, and didn’t do nearly enough to convince the judges. With the exception of an explosive 12th round when Cokes blasted Gonzalez to the canvas following a flurry of hard blows from both hands there was not much excitement and even when the latter got up the man from Dallas could not finish him off. Brian Curvis, who was to have been Cokes’ next opponent, was forced to withdraw with an injured foot and was replaced by the European champion, Jean Josselin.