1967-06-15 Yoshiaki Numata w pts 15 Flash Elorde, Kuramae Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WBA/WBC

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1967-06-15 Yoshiaki Numata w pts 15 Flash Elorde, Kuramae Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WBA/WBC. Referee: Alex Villacampa. Scorecards: 71-66, 72-66, 69-69. After 16 years as a professional fighter, Elorde (130) appeared well beaten by his young challenger despite being given a draw on the local judge’s scorecard. Thankfully, for Numata (129½), although being put down in the third round the other two judges were not influenced by local conditions and rendered the correct verdict. Following the knockdown, Numata, showing much cleverness, got into his stride and skated around the ring to both bewilder Elorde and outscore him. Realising the title was slipping away from him, Elorde went all out in the final three sessions, scoring heavily at times, but it was not nearly enough to claw back the leeway.

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