1971-11-21 Erbito Salavarria drew 15 Betulio Gonzalez, Luis Aparicio Stadium, Caracas, Venezuela - WBC

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1971-11-21 Erbito Salavarria drew 15 Betulio Gonzalez, Luis Aparicio Stadium, Caracas, Venezuela - WBC. Referee: Mills Lane. Scorecards: 148-147, 145-147, 146-146. Salavarria (112), who protested angrily at the decision, forfeited WBC recognition in December when it was discovered that he had used an illegal stimulant during the contest and Gonzalez (110½) was proclaimed champion on the basis that he would defend against Salavarria within 90 days. He was later freed from that agreement when Salavarria never took up the offer. The occasion itself really belonged to Gonzalez, who carried the fight to the champion throughout and hurt him several times in what was an exciting battle between well-matched fighters.

Following the contest Gonzalez was handed the WBC title after it was discovered that Salavarria had taken stimulants during the bout.