1968-10-21 Curtis Cokes w pts 15 Ramon La Cruz, Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - WORLD
1968-10-21 Curtis Cokes w pts 15 Ramon La Cruz, Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - WORLD. Referee: Herman Dutreix. Scorecards: 11-3, 11-1, 11-4. Up against a challenger who had major disadvantages in height and reach, Cokes (146½) should have gone on the attack right from the beginning, but with both men looking to counter the fight as a spectacle became less than interesting. When La Cruz (147) did come forward he lacked the firepower to do any damage, having damaged his left arm in the first round, and was picked off by speedy jabs and hurtful hooks to head and body. It was clear that Cokes was the better man but he refused to take any risks. After being cut over the right eye in the sixth, Cruz was really up against it, although Cokes still failed to take advantage of the opportunities when they presented themselves, saying at the end of the fight that the Argentinian’s peculiar style confused him.