1969-07-28 Johnny Famechon w pts 15 Fighting Harada, The Stadium, Sydney, Australia - WBC

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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 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.

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