1968-10-25 Sandro Mazzinghi nc 9 (15) Freddie Little, Sports Palace, Rome, Italy - WBA/WBC
1968-10-25 Sandro Mazzinghi nc 9 (15) Freddie Little, Sports Palace, Rome, Italy - WBA/WBC. Referee: Herbert Tomser. Dealing out punishment for eight rounds, Little (151¼) worked the champion over with body shots, cutting him up around the eyes, nose and mouth, and dropping him in the fifth. As much as Mazzinghi (151¼) tried he could not stem the tide as a steady stream of jabs, hooks and straight punches came his way. It was no surprise when a tired and badly cut-up Mazzinghi did not come out for the ninth round, but when the referee declared a no-contest on the grounds that he had acted under EBU rules there was uproar. Actually, the rules specifically stated that in the event of injuries the referee could call a halt prior to the second half of the eighth round.
When the title was declared vacant in January 1969 after Mazzinghi had failed to sign for a return contest, a fight between Little and Stanley Hayward was made to find a new champion.