1974-03-14 Ben Villaflor drew 15 Apollo Yoshio, City Gym, Toyama, Japan - WBA
1974-03-14 Ben Villaflor drew 15 Apollo Yoshio, City Gym, Toyama, Japan - WBA. Referee: Shoichi Kato. Scorecards: 74-73, 73-74, 73-73. In a disappointing contest, the champion, who had to reduce drastically in weight over the previous 48 hours, was unable to dispatch Yoshio (130) inside the allotted 15 rounds, and finishing with cuts over the left eye he had to settle for a draw. Having initially made the running, Villaflor (127¾) found Yoshio happy to avoid confrontation by speeding around the ring and clutching at every opportunity. Even when Yoshio tired Villaflor was unable to catch up with him. In the 11th the referee asked both men for more action, but despite a spirited last couple of sessions that was it.