1974-10-05 Carlos Monzon w co 7 (15) Tony Mundine, Luna Park Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina - WBA
1974-10-05 Carlos Monzon w co 7 (15) Tony Mundine, Luna Park Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina - WBA. Referee: Isaac Herrera. Prior to the contest there was much talk of the champion having weight problems, but despite that it turned out to be one of Monzon’s easiest defences. Letting Mundine (159¼) make the running for several rounds and countering occasionally there was nothing in it until the sixth. Once Monzon (160) had decided to open up the end was in sight and long punches from both hands left Mundine dazed and disorientated at the bell. Into the seventh and Monzon really opened up, heavy lefts and rights driving Mundine into the ropes before a cracking combination sent him down to be counted out on the 1.20 mark. Talk of Monzon taking on John Conteh for the WBC light heavyweight crown was a bit premature as the WBA expected him to defend against their number-one ranked Tony Licata in May 1975 before that could happen. Having recently defended the American title, the unbeaten Licata went and lost to Ramon Mendez before turning the tables a few weeks later to stay on course for Monzon. Meantime, in April 1975, Monzon was banned from fighting in Europe for failing to take an anti-dope test after his fight with Jose Napoles on 9 February 1974. Following promotional problems, Monzon v Licata was eventually booked for 30 June 1975.