1976-05-08 Esteban De Jesus w pts 15 Guts Ishimatsu, Loubriel Stadium, Bayamon, Puerto Rico - WBC
1976-05-08 Esteban De Jesus w pts 15 Guts Ishimatsu, Loubriel Stadium, Bayamon, Puerto Rico - WBC. Referee: Harry Gibbs. Scorecards: 150-135, 150-137, 149-137. Right from the opening bell De Jesus took control, repeatedly scoring with solid lefts and combinations of lefts and rights as the immobile Ishimatsu (135) came forward only to run on to punches. Badly cut inside the mouth in the fourth round did not help the champion’s cause and in the seventh he was under severe pressure as De Jesus (133¾) opened up with both hands. However, although he came through the storm he was unable to influence the fight as the rounds passed by before making one almighty final effort in the 15th, only to be met by a stream of left jabs and hooks until the bell.