1976-03-28 Rodrigo Valdez w rtd 4 (15) Nessim Max Cohen, The Pavilion, Paris, France - WBC
1976-03-28 Rodrigo Valdez w rtd 4 (15) Nessim Max Cohen, The Pavilion, Paris, France - WBC. Referee: Marcello Bertini. In setting up a unification fight against Carlos Monzon, the WBC champion ruthlessly destroyed the French-Moroccan Cohen (158¼). Although Cohen, countering well under pressure, made a good start Valdez (159½) was soon catching him with heavy rights to the head before flooring him twice in the third. The first time was more of a slip even though the referee counted to ‘eight’, but on the second occasion after a full-blooded right sent Cohen crashing down for the mandatory count he was lucky that the bell to end the session followed very quickly. The fifth saw Cohen on the receiving end of some blinding punches. Having tried to fight his way back with no success he lifted his right arm in surrender, turning away with 15 seconds left on the clock.