1969-04-06 Hiroshi Kobayashi w pts 15 Antonio Amaya, Kuramae Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WBA

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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 taken out of his stride when suffering a bad gash over the left eye in the tenth. Taking advantage of the situation, Amaya picked up the 11th before Kobayashi showed championship form to come back with solid attacks to the body, which ensured his narrow victory.