1980-06-12 Ayub Kalule w pts 15 Marijan Benes, The Stadium, Randers, Denmark - WBA
1980-06-12 Ayub Kalule w pts 15 Marijan Benes, The Stadium, Randers, Denmark - WBA. Referee: Max Stranfeld. Scorecards: 149-145, 149-142, 149-147. Starting well, with the southpaw jab finding Benes (153) time and again in the opening five rounds, the champion built up a good lead before the stocky Yugoslav came on strong in the sixth. Piling in, throwing hooks from both hands, Benes started to make life difficult for Kalule (153½), and if he had been wearing normal gloves other than the ten-ounce variety agreed for the contest there might have been a different result. As it was, Kalule boxed his way back into a good lead, and having survived a strong finish from Benes in the last two sessions he finished a worthy winner.