1973-02-16 Antonio Cervantes w pts 15 Josue Marquez, Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBA

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1973-02-16 Antonio Cervantes w pts 15 Josue Marquez, Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBA. Referee: Luis Sulbaran. Scorecards: 147-142, 149-145, 142-145. Making his first defence, Cervantes (140) used his height and reach advantages, coupled with punching power, to good effect when dealing with the elusive Marquez (137) who backed off for much of the time while only fighting in brief spurts. Stalking Marquez throughout Cervantes always looked the likely winner, but found it difficult to catch up with his man. And he was more surprised than hurt in the third round when a short left hook deposited him on the deck. Marquez continued to make life difficult for Cervantes before the latter eventually caught up with him in the final round, blitzing the Puerto Rican, now cut over the left eye, to the deck for the mandatory ‘eight’. Strangely, one of the judges scored Marquez ahead at the finish regardless of the fact that Cervantes seemed a clear winner.