1968-01-23 Howard Winstone w rsc 9 (15) Mitsunori Seki, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England - WBC

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1968-01-23 Howard Winstone w rsc 9 (15) Mitsunori Seki, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England - WBC. Referee: Roland Dakin. Fighting for a portion of the title vacated by Vicente Saldivar, it took Winstone (125¾) six rounds to warm up, by which time Seki (125¼) was in front due to his aggression. However, by the sixth, Winstone was into his stride when using the left jab to perfection, but it did not last as he soon got dragged back into a fight in the seventh. Both men had been cut in the third round, Seki under the right eye and Winstone over the left, and by the eighth the latter was back to the jab-and-move routine. The ninth round proved to be the last as Seki was suddenly cut over the right eye and with Winstone working his face furiously the referee decided that the injury was too bad for the visitor to continue. The finish was timed at 1.44.