1975-03-13 Ben Villaflor w pts 15 Hyun-Chi Kim, Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines - WBA
1975-03-13 Ben Villaflor w pts 15 Hyun-Chi Kim, Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines - WBA. Referee: Herbert Minn. Scorecards: 71-67, 71-67, 70-71. Having been even until the ninth round, with both men landing solid punches and little clinching, the southpaw champion opened up to drop Kim (128½) three times. Interestingly, the three-knockdown rule had been waived prior to the fight. With Villaflor (129¾) now carrying an injured left hand, Kim came right back in the 11th to open a cut over the Filipino’s left eye. However, Villaflor was not done for, opening a cut over Kim’s right eye in the 13th, and almost dropped his rival with a left hook in the 14th before finishing strongly. The tough Kim had done well, but had been weakened by body punches.
Following the contest it was discovered that Villaflor had suffered a detached retina, and although there was talk of him meeting Tyrone Everett prior to a match being made against Kuniaki Shibata for a defence in October all of these plans went out of the window when it was realised that the champion required more time to recover from the operation.