1974-02-16 Ernesto Marcel w pts 15 Alexis Arguello, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WBA
1974-02-16 Ernesto Marcel w pts 15 Alexis Arguello, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WBA. Referee: Servio Tulio Ley. Scorecards: 146-140, 146-142, 146-140. An excellent fight saw Marcel (125¾) survive several furious two-fisted attacks, especially in the ninth, tenth and 11th rounds, to pound out a clear-cut points win over the talented Arguello (122¾). The Nicaraguan, who suffered his third defeat in 38 contests, was at his most dangerous during this period and it took all of the champion’s experience to keep himself together before coming on strong over the remaining third to close the deficit.
Marcel retired as the undefeated WBA champion in May.