1977-09-13 Eddie Gazo w pts 15 Kenji Shibata, Martial Arts Hall, Tokyo, Japan - WBA
1977-09-13 Eddie Gazo w pts 15 Kenji Shibata, Martial Arts Hall, Tokyo, Japan - WBA. Referee: Carlos Berrocal. Scorecards: 71-69, 72-71, 73-71. The southpaw challenger made a fair start when shooting jabs into the five-inch shorter Gazo (153¾), but although it took a round or so to sort himself out by the fourth the latter was beginning to work the body and having some success. At this point Shibata (153½) was lost when it came to infighting, preferring to keep Gazo at distance where he could connect with his longer punches, and that became his ploy thereafter. The fight had evened itself out in the latter stages, and although Shibata had a very good 13th he then faded from sight as Gazo moved up a gear to win a close decision.