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 Loche, Cesar Giron Bullring, Maracay, Venezuela - WBA. Referee: Luis Sulbaran. In trying to regain his old title, the veteran Loche (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 Loche, the new kid on the block took the fight to the latter from the opening bell and pounded the Argentinian from head to body, especially when getting to close quarters. Although consistently outpunched, the game Loche never looked like going down and when he was pulled out of the fight he had to be physically restrained from continuing.