1968-12-14 Pedro Adigue w pts 15 Adolph Pruitt, Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines - WBC

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1968-12-14 Pedro Adigue w pts 15 Adolph Pruitt, Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines - WBC. Referee: Nicholas Pope. Scorecards: 72-69, 70-68, 71-66. Fighting for the title that was vacated after the WBC stripped Paul Fujii, both men had difficulty in making the weight and at one stage it appeared that the contest might not be going ahead. Outjabbed in the opening round but fighting on even terms in the next two sessions, Adigue (140) came on strong in the fourth with sharp left-right combinations to head and body and carried on in the same vein before Pruitt (140) evened things up between the seventh and ninth rounds when landing with excellent counters and solid, wide left hooks. The last six rounds saw Adigue throwing sharp, hurtful punches, while Pruitt picked it up in the 14th as he looked for the kayo. All this activity made for an exciting finish.

Taking on Pruitt in a non-title contest, scheduled for ten rounds at the International Centre Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii on 18 February 1969, Adigue, floored twice, received a bad beating before the fight was stopped in the fifth round to save him from suffering further punishment. He was also suffering from severe stomach pains. Rushed to hospital immediately after the fight, Adigue was operated on for appendicitis and only got back into action again at the end of October before being matched to defend his title against the European champion, Bruno Arcari. A clever southpaw with a punch, Arcari had reversed two early defeats and had 36 wins on his record, beating the likes of Joe Brown, Angel Robinson Garcia, Johann Orsolics, Joe Tetteh, Willi Quatuor and Juan Albornoz.