1979-03-04 Maurice Hope w rtd 8 (15) Rocky Mattioli, Ariston Theatre, San Remo, Italy - WBC

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1979-03-04 Maurice Hope w rtd 8 (15) Rocky Mattioli, Ariston Theatre, San Remo, Italy - WBC. Referee: Ray Solis. Starting like a bomb, the challenger had Mattioli (152) on the floor from a southpaw left to the jaw within the first ten seconds and although the latter responded well, having broken his right wrist when falling, he was right up against it from thereon. Following a frantic next couple of sessions, when both men landed heavily, Hope (154) came on strong to batter away at Mattioli in the fifth and sixth before the Australian-based Italian had an excellent seventh when forcing his man to the ropes with heavy lefts. However, it later transpired that the seventh and eighth sessions had been Mattioli’s swan song and with the wrist in a bad way he was retired by his corner before the ninth could get underway.

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