1970-05-23 Nino Benvenuti w co 8 (15) Tom Bethea, The Arena, Umag, Yugoslavia - WORLD
1970-05-23 Nino Benvenuti w co 8 (15) Tom Bethea, The Arena, Umag, Yugoslavia - WORLD. Referee: Georges Gondre. Having beaten the champion in a non-title fight 90 days earlier Bethea (160) fully earned his chance, but it was a different Benvenuti (160) who turned up this time. Scoring well with left jabs and hooks, Benvenuti made this fight his from the start and in the fourth he opened up a cut over Bethea’s right eye. Bethea, who felt that attacking the body was his best option, did get through occasionally but failed to hurt his rival. Both men were warned for hitting in the clinches and the tempo had certainly dropped when Benvenuti backed Bethea into the ropes in the eighth before unleashing a left-right to the head that floored the challenger for the full count, timed at 2.43 of the session.