1969-11-09 Hiroshi Kobayashi w pts 15 Carlos Canete, Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan - WBA
1969-11-09 Hiroshi Kobayashi w pts 15 Carlos Canete, Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan - WBA. Referee: Nicholas Pope. Scorecards: 75-63, 75-63, 75-65. Concentrating on his speedy left jab, the challenger took the fight to Kobayashi (128¼) but failing in his objective he was punished by left hooks and right hand counters to both head and body. Round after round the pattern of the fight saw Canete (129) covering up to avoid taking too much body punishment, although it took Kobayashi until the 12th round before Canete was actually floored from such an attack. The last three sessions involved Canete, who suffered a fractured right hand and a sprain to his left fist, hanging in gamely as Kobayashi looked for the kayo and he received warm applause for his stand despite not winning a round.