1966-11-28 Curtis Cokes w pts 15 Jean Josselin, Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, USA - WBA/EBU
1966-11-28 Curtis Cokes w pts 15 Jean Josselin, Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, USA - WBA/EBU. Referee: Dick Cole. Scorecards: 149-136, 148-138, 147-140. Although the scorecards make it sound as though the fight was one-sided it was not with the ever willing Josselin (146¾) always in with a chance, and in many rounds he was only shaded. Despite taking jabs, left hooks and uppercuts to the head Josselin was always trying and Cokes (145¾) had to be wary, but his height and extra reach gave him a decided advantage. Josselin made his big effort in the 12th, but Cokes quickly responded with solid counters to make sure of victory.
Following the fight, Cokes also became recognised as champion by the WBC.