1983-08-26 Leonardo Cruz w pts 15 Cleo Garcia, Quisqueya Stadium, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - WBA

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1983-08-26 Leonardo Cruz w pts 15 Cleo Garcia, Quisqueya Stadium, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - WBA. Referee: Ismael Fernandez. Scorecards: 147-140, 147-139, 148-139. Coming off a defeat and only being ranked number 17 in the Latin-American ratings did not really warrant a crack at the title, so therefore it came as no surprise when Garcia (121) was unable to take advantage of his would be good fortune. Picking it up from the opening bell Cruz (121) was soon in control, and at the end of the 13th he had clearly won every round apart from possibly the tenth when he went to sleep. However, in the last two sessions, especially in the 14th when he handed out a bit of a shellacking, Garcia pressed hard to find a finishing punch before running out of time.

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