1968-04-16 Curtis Cokes w rsc 5 (15) Willie Ludick, Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, USA - WORLD

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1968-04-16 Curtis Cokes w rsc 5 (15) Willie Ludick, Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, USA - WORLD. Referee: Lew Eskin. Outboxed and outpunched right from the start, Ludick (146¼) didn’t have the tools to take the title from the accomplished champion, who was quickly into his stride and sending in solid countering rights, one of which opened up a cut over the South African southpaw’s right eye in the second round. It didn’t get much better for Ludick, despite him doing reasonably well in the fourth, when Cokes (145¾) crashed in a powerful right uppercut in the fifth to drop him for ‘six’. Although the referee gave Ludick a few moments just to see if he could come back with anything, when Cokes again sent him tumbling into the ropes he called a halt with just 34 seconds on the clock.