1967-10-14 Vicente Saldivar w rtd 12 (15) Howard Winstone, Aztec Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico - WORLD
1967-10-14 Vicente Saldivar w rtd 12 (15) Howard Winstone, Aztec Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico - WORLD. Referee: Ramon Berumen. Giving another tremendous display of skill and courage, the challenger held Saldivar (125½) at bay for round after round, his brilliant boxing making it difficult for the Mexican to get fully on top. However, from the fifth onwards it had seemed to be a matter of time as Winstone (125¼) gradually weakened, but Saldivar was unable to make his strength pay off until the 12th when a merciless attack saw Winstone on the floor with blood pouring from his nose. The end came at 2.12 of the round when the towel was thrown in after Winstone, having got up at the count of ‘nine’, was staggering around the ring after being battered by punches coming in all directions.
Following Saldivar’s announcement at the end of the fight that he was retiring the WBC immediately matched Winstone against Mitsunori Seki for the vacant crown, and with the WBA slow to make a statement the Californian Boxing Commission set up a fight between Raul Rojas and Antonio Herrera for their version of the title.