1977-06-07 Eddie Gazo w rtd 11 (15) Koichi Wajima, Martial Arts Hall, Tokyo, Japan - WBA

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1977-06-07 Eddie Gazo w rtd 11 (15) Koichi Wajima, Martial Arts Hall, Tokyo, Japan - WBA. Referee: Jay Edson. Right from the start the challenger didn’t appear to be his normal self, despite confusing Gazo (152½) with his stance and sudden punching from a crouching position, and as the contest proceeded his power gradually diminished. Both men suffered cuts early on, Wajima (154) on the forehead in the second and Gazo over the left eye in the third. From the fourth through the tenth, Gazo piled up points and as Wajima tired the deficit became even greater, especially when he was being belted against the ropes in the eighth and ninth sessions. Right on the bell to end the tenth, Wajima was dropped by a right to the jaw and although the latter came out for the 11th he was soon in further trouble. After being floored for the second time, by a cracking left hook, and back on his feet Wajima’s corner threw the towel in on the 45-second mark to save their fighter from taking further punishment.