1975-01-21 Koichi Wajima w pts 15 Oscar Albarado, Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan - WBA/WBC

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1975-01-21 Koichi Wajima w pts 15 Oscar Albarado, Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan - WBA/WBC. Dick Young. Scorecards: 69-67, 70-69, 74-68. A return contest saw Wajima (153) initially changing his style to completely confuse the champion, using evasive tactics to bob and weave away from trouble instead of mixing as previously. Making Albarado (154) miss badly on numerous occasions, Wajima was well in front by the sixth before deciding to go toe-to-toe, From thereon both men fought on strongly and although Albarado did better, Wajima maintained his lead to run out a good winner. There were no knockdowns this time round and Wajima stated the following day that his decision to hold back his punches until the last moment had come from watching Muhammad Ali beat George Foreman. By this time the 154lbs weight class was generally recognised throughout the boxing world, The Ring magazine having recently included it in their World Ratings. This was followed with an inclusion in the USA Ratings. When Wajima decided against meeting Miguel De Oliviera, who had already been involved in two very close fights against him, the WBC declared the title vacant and matched the latter against Jose Manuel Duran, the European champion, for their version of the championship.

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