1975-10-08 Rodolfo Martinez w pts 15 Hisami Numata, Myagi Prefectural Gym, Sendai, Japan - WBC
8 October Rodolfo Martinez w pts 15 Hisami Numata, Myagi Prefectural Gym, Sendai, Japan - WBC. Referee: Jimmy Rondeau. Scorecards: 147-144, 147-144,147-146. Not showing the initiative expected of a challenger, Numata (117¾) appeared content to circle Martinez (117¾) round after round without making any real effort to take control until the 15th. It was only then that Numata, who had obviously made the decision not to exchange punches with Martinez, went to work and took the fight to the champion to win the round handily. It was all too little and too late for Numata, while Martinez also made a poor showing in not taking real advantage of the space afforded him.