1972-09-05 Ben Villaflor drew 15 Victor Echegaray, Blaisdell Centre, Honolulu, Hawaii - WBA

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1972-09-05 Ben Villaflor drew 15 Victor Echegaray, Blaisdell Centre, Honolulu, Hawaii - WBA. Referee: Wilbert Minn. Scorecards: 69-66, 66-68, 67-67. Having hugely impressed when winning the title, Villaflor (128¾), his left eye completely closed by the sixth, had to fight like a tiger to retain his crown against the wild-swinging Echegaray (130) who certainly made it tough for the young champion. Over 15 brawling rounds Villaflor was often taken out of his stride, but just as things seemed to be conspiring against him he twice dropped Echegaray for short counts in the 13th, knockdowns which probably saved his title.