1978-05-14 Rocky Mattioli w rsc 5 (15) Jose Manuel Duran, Adriatic Stadium, Pescara, Italy - WBC

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1978-05-14 Rocky Mattioli w rsc 5 (15) Jose Manuel Duran, Adriatic Stadium, Pescara, Italy - WBC. Referee: Jean Deswert. Challenging Mattioli (152¾) for the WBC title, the former WBA champion, Duran (153), was simply not up to the task and was soon in trouble, seemingly hurt every time he was tagged. Having been shaken up in the first round, in the second Duran was dropped by a left hook to the chin and on getting up was soon under pressure again. Staggered virtually every time Mattioli caught up with him, Duran was decked again in the fourth, and although he made it through to the fifth he was eventually battered down on one knee by a right to the head. When Duran, thoroughly demoralised, shook his head in recognition of defeat the referee needed no further signs and at 2.24 of the session the fight was over.