1966-10-22 Flash Elorde w pts 15 Vicente Derado, Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines - WBA/WBC
1966-10-22 Flash Elorde w pts 15 Vicente Derado, Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines - WBA/WBC. Referee: Toti Cayetano. Scorecards: 70-69, 70-68, 71-71. Although it was a hard-fought contest in which Derado (128) appeared to have difficulty with the champion’s southpaw style, the cagey Argentinian still made it difficult for Elorde (130) to land cleanly. There was also no doubting that Elorde had used his head as a weapon throughout, which left Derado with many cuts and abrasions on his face as the former saw the fight slipping away from him. That aside, there was plenty of thrilling action despite a lack of knockdowns and Derado probably deserved better than just one judge voting in his favour.
Following Elorde’s 14th-round kayo defeat at the hands of Carlos Ortiz in a world lightweight title challenge on 14 November, the NYSAC stated that they failed to recognise him as the junior titleholder and ‘retired’ him as far as New York was concerned. This action was followed in February 1967 when the Californian Boxing Commission also stripped him on the grounds that he had failed to give Derado a return after the ‘hometown’ decision had undoubtedly benefited him. The commission then matched Derado against Raul Rojas for their version of the title, despite the former having recently been beaten by Hiroshi Kobayashi. Rojas had come back strongly after losing to Vicente Saldivar in an assault on the featherweight title, with Alton Colter and Ricardo Moreno (twice) being among his seven victims.