1968-12-10 Joe Frazier w pts 15 Oscar Bonavena, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NY
1968-12-10 Joe Frazier w pts 15 Oscar Bonavena, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NY. Referee: Joe Sweeney. Scorecards: 72-64, 74-64, 70-67. Right from the opening bell neither man budged, but it was the champion’s better work that earned him the decision while Bonavena (207) tended to throw single shots. Although there were no knockdowns it was a vicious battle, made worse by the fact that Bonavena was unable to keep his punches up and several times Frazier (203) was forced to complain. After the referee deducted a point from the Argentinian in the eighth it failed to make the slightest difference as Bonavena continued to punch wildly despite the referee continuing to warn him. All the better blows came from Frazier, especially in the fourth when he rocked the tough Bonavena with several terrific left hooks that would have seen off most opponents. At the end of the contest, both of Bonavena’s eyes were almost closed.