1974-06-03 Oscar Albarado w co 15 (15) Koichi Wajima, Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan - WBA/WBC

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1974-06-03 Oscar Albarado w co 15 (15) Koichi Wajima, Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan - WBA/WBC. Referee: Yusaku Yoshida. Lacking his normal drive, speed and power, the champion came unstuck against the hard-hitting Albarado (151¾) and was caught early on by stinging left leads before being eventually knocked out at 1.54 of the final session. Starting well, the first three rounds were dominated by Albarado, with his best punch being a left uppercut to the body, but by the seventh through the 11th Wajima (153¾) was right back in the frame, especially when the American was deducted a point for going low. Although the next two rounds were hard fought, Wajima came on strongly in the 14th, nailing Albarado against the ropes, but he faded badly in the 15th and was dropped by a long right to the head for the compulsory ‘eight’. Back on his feet, Wajima was soon down again, when hurt by a series of combination punches, and on getting up he was quickly floored again, this time for the full count.