1972-06-26 Roberto Duran w rsc 13 (15) Ken Buchanan, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBA
1972-06-26 Roberto Duran w rsc 13 (15) Ken Buchanan, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBA. Referee: John LoBianco. Attacking the stylish champion relentlessly, Duran (132¼) dropped him for the mandatory ‘eight’ after just 20 seconds and continued fighting in the same vein for round after round. For Buchanan (133½), who had far more skill than his opponent, it was difficult for him to control the fight and with his left eye half shut he drifted further and further behind. Coming back strongly from the eighth, however, Buchanan began to get the jab going but was more often than not forced to fight Duran off rather than fight to instructions. In the 13th it was noticeable that the contest was slipping away from Buchanan and after the bell had rung to end the round, with both men still fighting, he was dropped by a body blow. At that point the referee stopped the fight to save the champion from taking further punishment, saying he had seen no low blows. Following that, the arguments raged on as to whether Duran should have been disqualified, especially after Buchanan had been hospitalised with a swollen groin and bruised kidneys.
With a return bout initially set for 20 October in the Garden, the date was changed to 17 November when Duran came under pressure to make his first defence in Panama. Although Buchanan had signed, Duran was allowed to fight Esteban De Jesus (l pts 10 in Madison Square Garden) on that date after signing another contract calling for the match to be held at the same venue before 31 June 1973.