1970-12-11 Kuniaki Shibata w rsc 12 (15) Vicente Saldivar, The Arena, Tijuana, Mexico - WBC

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1970-12-11 Kuniaki Shibata w rsc 12 (15) Vicente Saldivar, The Arena, Tijuana, Mexico - WBC. Referee: Ray Solis. Attacking powerfully, the young challenger caused a big upset after Saldivar (125) had seemed to be well on the way to retaining his title. Prior to the eighth round Saldivar appeared to have matters under control, but Shibata (126) had other ideas. Having gradually weakened the Mexican with heavy rights he drew blood in that session when gashing Saldivar’s right cheek. Maintaining his work-rate Shibata battered Saldivar throughout the tenth, and although the latter made a brave effort in the 11th the game was almost up as his injuries worsened in the 12th, leaving the referee no alternative but to stop the fight during the interval. It was clear at that point that if Saldivar, who had very little left in the tank, had continued permanent damage could have been inflicted.