1980-08-04 Hilario Zapata w pts 15 Hector Melendez, New Circus Bullring, Caracas, Venezuela - WBC
1980-08-04 Hilario Zapata w pts 15 Ray Hector Melendez, New Circus Bullring, Caracas, Venezuela - WBC. Referee: Rudy Jordan. Scorecards: 147-141, 148-142, 148-139. Using his height and reach advantages to good effect, the champion was soon on top of Melendez (107), who had difficulty working out the southpaw stance of his opponent. This was Melendez’s third attempt at winning the title and in the fourth round he was taken to the ropes and punished with flurries of lefts and rights to the body. Lucky to last out the session, Melendez was outboxed and outpunched for round after round as Zapata (108) kept up a steady pace to the final bell.