1982-07-29 Jiro Watanabe w rsc 9 (15) Gustavo Ballas, Prefectural Gym, Osaka, Japan - WBA

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1982-07-29 Jiro Watanabe w rsc 9 (15) Gustavo Ballas, Prefectural Gym, Osaka, Japan - WBA. Referee: Rudy Jordan. Trying to regain his old title, Ballas (114¾) was never quite able to get to grips with the tricky Watanabe (115) and despite giving it his best shot he was gradually worn down. Although Ballas had a good eighth round, it turned out to be his final throw of the dice. The ninth session had barely started when Ballas was nailed by a left to the jaw and when Watanabe unleashed a battery of lefts and rights for the remainder of the round, with the champion on unsteady legs the referee called a halt on the bell.