1970-06-07 Ismael Laguna w rsc 13 (15) Guts Ishimatsu, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WORLD
1970-06-07 Ismael Laguna w rsc 13 (15) Guts Ishimatsu, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WORLD. Referee: Juval Horta. Proving both durable and combative, Ishimatsu (135) gave it his best shot but was outboxed by a champion who decided that the left hand was the perfect weapon to deal with the man from Japan. Although Ishimatsu, cut on the nose in the third, came on strong with rights and lefts to head and body in the fourth, Laguna (135) was quickly back in control as the injury worsened. The fight was halted with just 15 seconds of the 13th remaining when it was clear to the referee that the gory Ishimatsu was unable to defend himself against the steady stream of punches coming his way.
Laguna forfeited the WBC version of the title in May when he failed to give Mando Ramos a return, signing to meet Ken Buchanan instead. The Scot had only lost one of 37 contests and had an excellent jab, good movement and power, and had benefited hugely from sparring hundreds of rounds with Wales’ former WBC featherweight champion, Howard Winstone.