1967-06-15 Vicente Saldivar w pts 15 Howard Winstone, Ninian Park, Cardiff, Wales - WORLD

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1967-06-15 Vicente Saldivar w pts 15 Howard Winstone, Ninian Park, Cardiff, Wales - WORLD. Referee: Wally Thom. Scorecard: 73¾-73¼. This was Winstone’s finest hour, with most of the onlookers feeling that the master boxer had done enough to annex the title. Making Saldivar (125¼) miss throughout, jabbing with the left and gliding out of range, Winstone (125) was almost in control until the champion began to come on strong in the 12th, slamming away to the body and crowding his man out of it. In the 13th it was clear that it was going to be a survival of the fittest and in the 14th when Winstone, now in dire trouble, was dropped for ‘eight’ the tide began to turn the way of Saldivar, who was much the stronger. The final three minutes saw Saldivar just about making it as he cornered Winstone again and again, but it was a close call.