1973-04-19 Koichi Wajima w pts 15 Ryu Sorimachi, Prefectural Gym, Osaka, Japan - WBA/WBC

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1973-04-19 Koichi Wajima w pts 15 Ryu Sorimachi, Prefectural Gym, Osaka, Japan - WBA/WBC. Referee: Nobumitsu Inukai. Scorecards: 72-71, 72-71, 71-71. Crowding Sorimachi (151¼) from the start, the aggressive champion, deciding as always that attack was the best form of defence, hammered away at his fellow countryman who was only too happy to fire back. Both men were known punchers and the exchanges had the fans on the edge of their seats in anticipation, but it was the strength of Wajima (154) that eventually won the day by a slight margin. Although Sorimachi ripped through Wajima’s defences at times, especially with right crosses, he was never able to sustain his attacks and it was the latter who finished the fresher.