1966-12-10 Horacio Accavallo w pts 15 Efren Torres, Luna Park Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina - WBA
1966-12-10 Horacio Accavallo w pts 15 Efren Torres, Luna Park Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina - WBA. Referee: Juan Barbe. Scorecards: 297-294, 297-294, 298-293. A hard-fought battle saw both men cut and giving and taking in large measures, with Accavallo (111½) proving the more adaptable of the two. Having failed to score an early kayo, Torres (111¾) slowed towards the end as the champion came on strong, but ultimately survived the onslaught before going down on points.
Taking in a non-title fight on 20 February 1967 at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, Accavallo was stopped in the sixth round by Kiyoshi Tanabe, who had won Japan’s first ever boxing medal, a bronze from the 1960 Olympics. Unbeaten in 22 contests, the win saw Tanabe become The Ring magazine’s number-one contender and gained him a title shot at Accavallo scheduled for July. Having beaten Leo Zulueta and Ric Magramo earlier and full of confidence, Tanabe’s championship hopes were then dashed when it was discovered that he had suffered a detached retina in his right eye, an injury that forced him to retire.