1985-09-21 Bernard Benton w pts 12 Alfonzo Ratliff, Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC
1985-09-21 Bernard Benton w pts 12 Alfonzo Ratliff, Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Joey Curtis. Scorecards: 117-112, 115-113, 115-113. Never giving the champion a moment’s respite, Benton (190) kept up the pressure for round after round to walk off with the title. Both men were cut over their left eyes early on, but it failed to stop Benton’s forward march and even when Ratliff (194) caught him with solid counters it made no difference. Although Ratliff had a good reach advantage he was unable to keep Benton off with the jab, spending much of the fight trying to get himself going, and it was the latter who found favour with the judges even though many of his blows failed to hit the target.