1977-06-18 Victor Galindez w pts 15 Richie Kates, Sports Palace, Rome, Italy - WBA
1977-06-18 Victor Galindez w pts 15 Richie Kates, Sports Palace, Rome, Italy - WBA. Referee: Waldemar Schmidt. Scorecards: 146-139, 151-144, 148-140. Coming out fast the champion won the opening three rounds, hurting Kates (173¾) with right-left combinations in the second and third before the latter began to hit back in the fifth with some solid rights. From the sixth through the ninth it was Kates who was dictating things with solid blows from both hands bringing Galindez (174) up straight on occasion. But Kates began to tire in the tenth after shipping heavy punches to the body and it was Galindez all the way from thereon, with the American holding on desperately for much of the time in order to make it to the final bell.