1977-05-29 Rafael Ortega w pts 15 Flipper Uehara, Onoyama Gym, Okinawa, Japan - WBA
1977-05-29 Rafael Ortega w pts 15 Flipper Uehara, Onoyama Gym, Okinawa, Japan - WBA. Referee: Jesus Gonzalez. Scorecards: 71-65, 73-63, 73-68. Making a quick start with flashing left hands finding their mark early, Ortega (125½) put the challenger down with a left uppercut just before the bell ended round one. Then, having toyed with Uehara (125) over the next three sessions, Ortega repeated the dose at the end of the fourth following combinations of punches, the bell again coming to the aid of the former. Uehara came out firing in the middle rounds and was able to push Ortega back with good rights and lefts to the body in the sixth, tenth and 13th, but it did not last and the champion was soon back in control with effective counters paving the way for an emphatic win.