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. Following that, 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, hurting him several times in what was an exciting battle between well-matched fighters.