1969-07-28 Johnny Famechon w pts 15 Fighting Harada, The Stadium, Sydney, Australia - WBC
1969-07-28 Johnny Famechon w pts 15 Fighting Harada, The Stadium, Sydney, Australia - WBC. Referee: Willie Pep. Scorecard: 70-69. After Pep, the sole arbiter, had lifted both fighters’ hands in recognition of a draw at the final bell, Harada’s handlers, believing their man had won, successfully argued that the referee’s scorecard be re-checked. However, on following it up the officials discovered an additional error that showed Famechon (124½) should have been given the verdict. The crowd certainly thought that Harada (125¾) had won, having knocked the champion down in the second, 11th and 14th rounds. Harada certainly impressed with his power and non-stop punching, which saw Famechon often getting on his bike and scuttling around the ring to avoid a stoppage. Only occasionally did Famechon look good, mainly when counter-punching and getting off the left lead, but by and large it was Harada’s fight with the former being completely flummoxed at times, especially when Harada landed blows on him that went unanswered.