1971-05-08 Carlos Monzon w rtd 3 (15) Nino Benvenuti, Louis 11 Stadium, Monte Carlo, Monaco - WORLD
1971-05-08 Carlos Monzon w rtd 3 (15) Nino Benvenuti, Louis 11 Stadium, Monte Carlo, Monaco - WORLD. Referee: Victor Avendano. This was just a shadow of the old Benvenuti, having been beaten by the little-known Jose Chirino on points over ten rounds after losing his title to Monzon. Benvenuti (160) did reasonably well in the opening round, but in the second he was badly stunned by a swinging left to the head before a left from Monzon (159½) sent him through the ropes near the end of the session. Saved by the bell, Benvenuti was under the hammer right at the start of round three as Monzon punished him unmercifully, and when he was dropped flat on his face his manager threw in the towel. Although Benvenuti, who would never fight again, kicked the towel out of the ring it was too late as the referee had already stopped the contest.