1973-03-17 Antonio Cervantes w rtd 9 (15) Nicolino Locche, Cesar Giron Bullring, Maracay, Venezuela - WBA

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1973-03-17 Antonio Cervantes w rtd 9 (15) Nicolino Locche, Cesar Giron Bullring, Maracay, Venezuela - WBA. Referee: Luis Sulbaran. In trying to regain his old title, the veteran Locche (140) gave Cervantes (139) very few problems before a bad cut over the left eye, sustained in the third, saw his corner retire him after the ninth round had ended. Taller and faster than Locche, the new kid on the block took the fight to the Argentinian from the opening bell and pounded him from head to body, especially when getting to close quarters. Although consistently outpunched, the game Locche never looked like going down and when he was pulled out of the fight he had to be physically restrained from continuing.