1976-05-18 Jose Manuel Duran w co 14 (15) Koichi Wajima, Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan - WBA
1976-05-18 Jose Manuel Duran w co 14 (15) Koichi Wajima, Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan - WBA. Referee: Yusaku Yoshida. Having already had a crack at the WBC version of the title, the challenger did better this time round when meeting up with Wajima (154). Although Wajima started the first round strongly, Duran (154) soon picked up the pace before opening up with combinations and solid rights to the head in the second and dropping the Japanese fighter for the mandatory ‘eight’ with a right to the jaw. From the third through the 12th, Duran, not known as a puncher, continued to catch the advancing Wajima with shots to the head, while the latter concentrated on the body. In the 13th Duran made his move, sending Wajima down with blows to the head from both hands, and even though the champion made it to the end of the round he was through. Tearing out of his corner in the 14th, Duran threw punch after punch at Wajima before sending him down to be counted out on the 50 second marker after finding his jaw with a crashing right.