1977-12-17 Cecilio Lastra w pts 15 Rafael Ortega, The Bullring, Torrelavega, Spain - WBA
1977-12-17 Cecilio Lastra w pts 15 Rafael Ortega, The Bullring, Torrelavega, Spain - WBA. Referee: Jesus Celis. Scorecards: 147-143, 149-138, 143-148. In a bitterly contested bout, the southpaw challenger forced the fight from the opening bell and dropped Ortega in the third for an ‘eight’ count to move ahead. Although Ortega (125¾) came back well he lacked the power to keep Lastra (126) away and, apart from the last three sessions, was always playing second fiddle to the Spaniard.
Having booked an early February 1978 defence against Sean O'Grady, the fight was cancelled at the 11th hour after Lastra was told that he had to meet the official challenger, Eusebio Pedroza, within 90 days. This was the result of an objection by Pedroza’s management team.