1967-01-29 Vicente Saldivar w rsc 7 (15) Mitsunori Seki, City Bullring, Mexico City, Mexico - WORLD
1967-01-29 Vicente Saldivar w rsc 7 (15) Mitsunori Seki, City Bullring, Mexico City, Mexico - WORLD. Referee: Ramon Berumen. A rematch by public demand saw the challenger starting fast before Saldivar (124¾) began to take over in the second round with solid southpaw punches to head and body. Although the next few sessions were relatively close Saldivar was hurting Seki (125) more and more, and in the seventh he dropped the latter for ‘seven’ with a flurry of blows to the head. Still groggy, Seki was allowed to continue, being battered from one side of the ring to the other, but when he turned his back on Saldivar the referee called it off on the 1.53 mark.
Having turned back Seki, and not a man to duck an opponent, Saldivar was enticed by the promoter, Harry Levene, to defend his title in Wales against Howard Winstone in what would be a return match. Since losing to Saldivar, the Welshman, who had defended his European title three times and beaten top Americans, Don Johnson and Richard Sue, was sure he could beat the Mexican in front of his own fans.