1978-12-02 Marvin Johnson w rsc 10 (15) Mate Parlov, Sports Palace, Marsala, Italy - WBC

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1978-12-02 [[Marvin Johnson]] w rsc 10 (15) [[Mate Parlov]], Sports Palace, Marsala, Italy - WBC. Referee: Roland Dakin. In a battle of southpaws, Johnson (175) proved too much for Parlov (174¾), opening up cuts over the champion’s eyes as early as the second round, and generally dominating him. Scoring with solid body punches, Johnson had Parlov tired and clinching at every opportunity from the third onwards. It all caught up with Parlov in the ninth when he could barely keep going and in the tenth he was rescued by the referee on the 2.33 mark having taken two standing counts and unable to defend himself. Parlov’s corner had already indicated that they wanted the fight stopped.  
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1978-12-02 [[Marvin Johnson]] w rsc 10 (15) [[Mate Parlov]], Sports Palace, Marsala, Italy - WBC. Referee: Roland Dakin. In a battle of southpaws Johnson (175) proved too much for Parlov (174¾), opening up cuts over the champion’s eyes as early as the second round and generally dominating him. Scoring with solid body punches, Johnson had Parlov tired and clinching at every opportunity from the third onwards. It all caught up with Parlov in the ninth when he could barely keep going, and in the tenth he was rescued by the referee on the 2.33 mark having taken two standing counts and unable to defend himself. Parlov’s corner had already indicated that they wanted the fight stopped.  
  
Johnson’s next challenger would be [[Matthew Franklin (Saad Muhammad)]] who would change his surname to the latter on becoming a Muslim), a man who had knocked him out inside 12 rounds of a battle for the vacant NABF title on 26 July 1977 at the Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since then Franklin had successfully defended three times at the same venue, against [[Billy Douglas]], [[Richie Kates]] and [[Yaqui Lopez]], and fully warranted a crack at the championship.
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Johnson’s next challenger would be [[Matthew Franklin (Saad Muhammad)]], a man who had knocked him out inside 12 rounds of a battle for the vacant NABF title at the Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 26 July 1977. Since then Franklin had successfully defended three times at the same venue, against [[Billy Douglas]], [[Richie Kates]] and [[Yaqui Lopez]], and fully warranted a crack at the championship. Franklin would later change his name to that of Matthew Saad Muhammad on becoming a Muslim.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 09:40, 1 August 2013

1978-12-02 Marvin Johnson w rsc 10 (15) Mate Parlov, Sports Palace, Marsala, Italy - WBC. Referee: Roland Dakin. In a battle of southpaws Johnson (175) proved too much for Parlov (174¾), opening up cuts over the champion’s eyes as early as the second round and generally dominating him. Scoring with solid body punches, Johnson had Parlov tired and clinching at every opportunity from the third onwards. It all caught up with Parlov in the ninth when he could barely keep going, and in the tenth he was rescued by the referee on the 2.33 mark having taken two standing counts and unable to defend himself. Parlov’s corner had already indicated that they wanted the fight stopped.

Johnson’s next challenger would be Matthew Franklin (Saad Muhammad), a man who had knocked him out inside 12 rounds of a battle for the vacant NABF title at the Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 26 July 1977. Since then Franklin had successfully defended three times at the same venue, against Billy Douglas, Richie Kates and Yaqui Lopez, and fully warranted a crack at the championship. Franklin would later change his name to that of Matthew Saad Muhammad on becoming a Muslim.

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