1977-01-15 Rafael Ortega w pts 15 Francisco Coronado, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WBA
1977-01-15 Rafael Ortega w pts 15 Francisco Coronado, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WBA. Referee: Jesus Celis. Scorecards: 146-143, 146-143, 144-143. Contested for the title vacated by Alexis Arguello, Ortega (125½) got off to a flyer before Coronado (126), who had appeared confused early on, began to close the gap with his infighting skills making it difficult for the Panamanian to dictate with the jab. Although Ortega still had a good lead the last three rounds saw Coronado maintain the pressure to close the gap even further. There were no knockdowns or cuts suffered by either man and many viewed the verdict to be much closer than the scorecards determined.