1967-11-17 Dick Tiger w rsc 12 (15) Roger Rouse, Convention Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD

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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 when punching with power and authority Tiger (168¼) took over. By the fifth, with Rouse (174½) failing to use his reach advantage to good effect he was slowing as Tiger’s work on the body was beginning to pay dividends. Having been hurt in the third by a heavy left hook, as the fight went on Rouse 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 36 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. A dangerous puncher, Foster had wins over Henry Hank (twice), Andres Antonio Selpa and Eddie Cotton (w rsc 3 at The Coliseum, Washington DC on 8 May), in what was effectively an eliminator with both men weighing in at 174lbs.

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