1967-11-17 Dick Tiger w rsc 12 (15) Roger Rouse, Convention Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD
1967-11-17 Dick Tiger w rsc 12 (15) Roger Rouse, Convention Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD. Referee: Jim Olivas. For four rounds the challenger held his own but thereafter, punching with power and authority, Tiger (168¼) took over. By the fifth Rouse (174½) was failing to use his reach advantage to good effect and was slowing as Tiger’s work on the body was beginning to pay dividends. Rouse had been hurt in the third by a heavy left hook and as the fight went on he took more and more of them. In the ninth he was dropped by a left hook prior to taking another count in the tenth when floored by a right to the jaw following a body attack. Extremely tired in the 11th Rouse made it through the bell only to be floored in the 12th by a big right and stopped 12 seconds into the session.
Tiger’s next defence would be against Bob Foster, who had taken part in 33 contests since turning pro in March 1961 and had wins over Henry Hank (twice), Andres Antonio Selpa and Eddie Cotton (w rsc 3 on 8 May at The Coliseum, Washington DC) in what was effectively an eliminator with both men weighing in at 174lbs.