1985-06-06 Alfonzo Ratliff w pts 12 Carlos De Leon, Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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1985-06-06 Alfonzo Ratliff w pts 12 Carlos De Leon, Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Carlos Padilla. Scorecards: 116-113, 117-114, 114-117. After making a solid start the champion found himself in a battle of attrition as Ratliff (192½) came on strong in the third round, throwing punches from both hands, and by the eighth the men were showing distinct signs of wear. With Ratliff cut over both eyes and De Leon (187¾) over the left it seemed set for an early night, but there was no let-up in the action. Thereafter, both men punched away. In the 11th De Leon caught Ratliff heavily, only for the latter to stun the champion with a big right to the head immediately prior to the announcement that he had won the title by a split decision.

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