1972-11-11 Carlos Monzon w pts 15 Bennie Briscoe, Luna Park Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina - WORLD

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1972-11-11 Carlos Monzon w pts 15 Bennie Briscoe, Luna Park Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina - WORLD. Referee: Victor Avendano. Scorecards: 150-139, 149-139, 149-143. This was Monzon’s hardest defence to date as the shaven-headed Briscoe (157) continually bulled his way in to work with short hooks to the body and head despite taking heavy punishment. After Monzon (158) was forced to hold on in the ninth, Briscoe immediately went looking for him in the tenth. Having weathered the storm, Monzon then had Briscoe, his right eye cut, in real trouble for the first time in the fight in the 13th, only for the latter to come back strongly right through to the final bell.

With a projected fight against Monzon under negotiation, Emile Griffith was placed under suspension for three months by the French Boxing Federation following his ten-round draw against Nessim Max Cohen at the Sports Palace, Paris, France on 12 March. The announcement came after an alleged stimulant was found in a urine test prior to the fight. Obviously, this action held up Monzon v Griffith, but negotiations got back on track after the NYSAC could find nothing wrong with Griffith and the French authority merely treated it as a suspended sentence. These actions made it easier to promote the fight in Monte Carlo after negotiations for it to be held in San Remo, Italy fell through.