1976-10-16 Sam Serrano w pts 15 Ben Villaflor, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBA
1976-10-16 Sam Serrano w pts 15 Ben Villaflor, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBA. Referee: Stan Christodoulou. Scorecards: 147-141, 147-139, 146-142. Although he scored with ease at times, Serrano (130) lacked the power to finish the champion off and ultimately had to settle for the points win, something he thought he had done last time round. Right from the opening bell when attacking with left-right combinations, Serrano showed who was boss and his speed and five-inch reach advantage was just too much for Villaflor (129½), especially after the latter was twice cut over the left eye in the fourth and fifth. Villaflor, looking for a kayo with his trusty left hook, continued to try to take the fight to Serrano at close quarters, but was constantly met with stabbing jabs and combinations and badly shaken in the 15th before losing his title.