1971-02-28 Shozo Saijo w pts 15 Frankie Crawford, The Gym, Utsonomuja, Japan - WBA
1971-02-28 Shozo Saijo w pts 15 Frankie Crawford, The Gym, Utsonomuja, Japan - WBA. Referee: Takeo Ugo. Scorecards: 72-70, 73-70, 72-69. In something of a wild scrap, with both men being warned for butting and holding, the champion’s better boxing prevailed as Crawford (126) tried time and again to land his dangerous left hook, being unsuccessful more often than not apart from sending his rival staggering in the fourth. Cleverly keeping out of range, Saijo (126) piled up points with effective lefts and rights to the scoring areas, and in moving to his left negated Crawford’s best chance of winning.