1974-10-26 Antonio Cervantes w co 8 (15) Shinichi Kadota, Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan - WBA

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1974-10-26 Antonio Cervantes w co 8 (15) Shinichi Kadota, Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan - WBA. Referee: Luis Sulbaran. Dominating from the start, the hard-hitting Cervantes (140) quickly had the challenger in real trouble when dropping him for the mandatory ‘eight’ count in each of the opening five rounds. Despite being cut on the right eye early in the fourth, Kadota (138½) continued to try and force the fight. At times it looked as though he might get lucky, but having got through the sixth and seventh relatively unscathed he ran into a cracker of a right hand in the eighth, only just beating the count. Put down again by another right, Kadota made it to his feet before being smashed to the floor again by a similar punch and counted out on the 1.42 mark.