1978-11-29 Sam Serrano w pts 15 Takao Maruki, Aichi Gym, Nagoya, Japan - WBA
1978-11-29 Sam Serrano w pts 15 Takao Maruki, Aichi Gym, Nagoya, Japan - WBA. Referee: Larry Rozadilla. Scorecards: 146-136, 148-137, 159-144. Making good use of his long reach, the champion peppered Maruki (129¼) from every conceivable angle as he romped to an easy one-sided victory over a man who started recklessly and had been dropped in the fifth by a countering right. Up almost immediately, Maruki continued to throw overarm left hooks without success, but Serrano (129) was far too smart for him, again flooring his slow-moving opponent with a sudden bust of punches in the tenth. Ruled a slip, the only way that Maruki could win at this stage was by a kayo, but Serrano in recognising the man from Japan’s toughness was content to box his way home to a conclusive points win.