1968-07-02 Lionel Rose w pts 15 Takao Sakurai, Martial Arts Hall, Tokyo, Japan - WORLD

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2 July Lionel Rose w pts 15 Takao Sakurai, Martial Arts Hall, Tokyo, Japan - WORLD. Referee: Nicholas Pope. Scorecards: 72-71, 72-70, 72-72. Shocked by a second-round knockdown, Rose (118) bounced back aggressively to take the fight to the southpaw challenger and there were several good exchanges until the later rounds, when Sakurai (117½) decided to backpedal and score points off the back foot. There was not a great deal in it, but Rose, who was always going forward, deserved the majority decision for making the fight.