1970-07-09 Carmelo Bossi w pts 15 Freddie Little, The Stadium, Monza, Italy - WBA/WBC
1970-07-09 Carmelo Bossi w pts 15 Freddie Little, The Stadium, Monza, Italy - WBA/WBC. Referee: Roland Dakin. Scorecard: 73-69. Although the champion kept Bossi (153) well under control in the early rounds it was the latter who eventually made most of the running to build up a lead from the ninth onwards. Warned several times to keep his head up, Little (152) failed to raise his game when he needed to, relying on countering and clinching, before he was battered in the final session with solid right hooks to the jaw. Little, who was upset at the decision, claimed that the reason he had struggled through the latter stages was due to his left hand being injured yet again.
Further to an over-the-weight defeat against the South African middleweight champion, Pierre Fourie (l pts 10 on 14 November at the Ellis Park Tennis Court, Johannesburg, South Africa), Bossi was given a bit of breathing space to allow a cut left eye to heal before announcing that he would be making his first defence against the European champion, Jose Hernandez, on 5 March. The date was subsequently moved on, first to 29 March and then to 29 April, due to Bossi’s fall out with the promoter over live television affecting ticket sales.