1977-11-05 Rodrigo Valdez w pts 15 Bennie Briscoe, The Casino, Campione D’Italia, Switzerland - WORLD
1977-11-05 Rodrigo Valdez w pts 15 Bennie Briscoe, The Casino, Campione D’Italia, Switzerland - WORLD. Referee: Wally Thom. Scorecards: 148-145, 149-142, 146-148. Contesting the vacant title in the wake of Carlos Monzon’s retirement, Valdez (160) boxed brilliantly to outscore the battle-hardened Briscoe (160), who continually came forward only to be met by jabs, hooks and uppercuts that would knock him back. Despite being cut and bruised under the right eye and gashed on the nose Briscoe never hit the floor, always making Valdez work for the points. In the 12th, Briscoe, scoring well with heavy left hooks, came back to knock out Valdez’s mouthpiece, and while there was never a great deal between them at that stage of the fight the latter came on strongly in the remaining three sessions to make sure of the verdict.