1968-04-16 Curtis Cokes w rsc 5 (15) Willie Ludick, Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, USA - WORLD
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) did not have the tools to take the title from the accomplished champion, who was soon into his stride when 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 did not 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.