1980-12-11 Rafael Limon w rsc 15 ldelfonso Bethelmy, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBC

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1980-12-11 Rafael Limon w rsc 15 Idelfonso Bethelmy, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBC. Referee: Larry Rozadilla. Contesting the title left vacant when Alexis Arguello moved up a weight class, Limon (129¼) was a clear favourite to beat Bethelmy (129¼) but struggled for almost for 15 rounds, even though the latter had been staggered by southpaw lefts in the second and eighth sessions. Both men failed to live up to expectation, there being far too little action and too much clinching before Limon finally caught up with his rival in the 15th when a barrage of punches sent Bethelmy to the canvas for ‘eight’. On getting up and indicating that he was through for the night, Bethelmy was pulled out of the fight by the referee with just 99 seconds remaining.

Limon’s first defence would be against Cornelius Boza-Edwards who was not even in The Ring magazine’s top ten. Despite losing to Alexis Arguello in a non-title fight, the latter was so impressed with Boza-Edwards that he persuaded the WBC to give him a crack against Limon. A slick, solid-punching southpaw with a variety of shots, the British-based Ugandan had beaten George Feeney, Godfrey Mwamba (twice) and Pedro Nino Jimenez.