1979-03-13 Masashi Kudo w pts 15 Manuel Gonzalez, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan - WBA
1979-03-13 Masashi Kudo w pts 15 Manuel Gonzalez, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan - WBA. Referee: Luis Sulbaran. Scorecards: 148-147, 146-144, 146-146. Bouncing left jabs off the champion repeatedly to take most of the opening seven rounds, Gonzalez (153) showed the Japanese crowd just what a skilled operator he was despite his lack of a concussive punch. Gonzalez was also very clever at close range, being able to defend, especially when on the ropes, at the same time as sending in countering blows from both hands. Unable to connect with Gonzalez solidly other than on the odd occasion, Kudo (154) often resorted to sending out batches of punches in the hope of catching his man, and even when he went flat out in the last two sessions his title seemed to have slipped away from him. When the scores were announced there were gasps of amazement and in order to save face the WBA fixed up a return almost immediately.