1974-07-09 Ruben Olivares w rsc 7 (15) Zensuke Utagawa, Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBA
1974-07-09 Ruben Olivares w rsc 7 (15) Zensuke Utagawa, Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBA. Referee: George Latka. Fighting for the title vacated on Ernesto Marcel’s retirement, Olivares (125½) started slowly before scoring well with lefts and rights to the body, while Utagawa (126), looking nervous, went to work on the outside with a long left jab. By the fifth, Olivares, showing all his old power and aggression, was beginning to take Utagawa apart, and in the sixth the writing was on the wall as the man from Japan began to crumble. Coming out for the seventh with only one thing on his mind, Olivares dropped Utagawa with a series of left hooks, the latter being put down again with another left hook after resuming. At that point the referee stopped the fight, the finish being timed at 1.29.