1969-03-08 Lionel Rose w pts 15 Alan Rudkin, Kooyong Tennis Courts, Melbourne, Australia - WORLD

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1969-03-08 Lionel Rose w pts 15 Alan Rudkin, Kooyong Tennis Courts, Melbourne, Australia - WORLD. Referee: Vic Patrick. Scorecards: 75-60, 70-63, 69-70. Despite breaking a finger and severely bruising his wrist in the eighth round, Rose (118) was rarely troubled, his brilliant counter-boxing and all-round skill keeping him out of harm's way as the challenger, Rudkin (118), continually came forward. If the British boy, who proved as game as they come, had possessed a heavier punch he would certainly have been in with a shout.

Rose’s next challenger would be the hard-hitting Ruben Olivares, who was unbeaten in 51 starts with only two going the distance. The match was made after Olivares stopped Takao Sakurai in the sixth round of a scheduled 12-round eliminator that was recognised by the Californian Boxing Commission at the Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, California on 23 May. Other men who had been dispatched by Olivares included Salvatore Burruni, Octavio Gomez, Antoine Porcel, Joe Medel, Jose Bisbal and Carlos Zayas.