1969-04-06 Hiroshi Kobayashi w pts 15 Antonio Amaya, Kuramae Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WBA
1969-04-06 Hiroshi Kobayashi w pts 15 Antonio Amaya, Kuramae Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WBA. Referee: Ko Toyama. 72-71, 72-69, 72-74. Starting well with stinging left-hand jabs paving the way, Amaya (127½) took the opening three rounds before Kobayashi (128¾) solved the problems he was facing by countering the challenger with cracking rights to the jaw. Although Amaya’s skilful movement was a joy to behold, it was Kobayashi who was piling up the points in the middle rounds prior to being put out of his stride when suffering a bad gash over the left eye in the tenth. Taking advantage of the situation, Amaya picked it up in the 11th before Kobayashi showed championship form to come back with solid attacks to the body which ensured his narrow victory.
Rated at number ten by The Ring magazine, the experienced South American champion at the weight, Carlos Canete, would be Kobayashi’s next challenger. A clever fighter with a fast left jab and power in both hands who had won 75 of 86 contests, Canete had beaten Godfrey Stevens (twice), Vicente Derado, Baby Luis and Ricardo Lescano, but had recently been knocked out by the latter inside four rounds.