1986-03-22 Carlos De Leon w pts 12 Bernard Benton, Lawlor Events Centre, Reno, Nevada, USA - WBC
1986-03-22 Carlos De Leon w pts 12 Bernard Benton, Lawlor Events Centre, Reno, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Mills Lane. Scorecards: 117-114, 115-113, 114-114. After what was a difficult fight to judge, with the champion pressing throughout as De Leon (185) scored with jabs and right-hand counters, it was the latter’s cleaner work that ultimately won the day. There was never much between them, but it was De Leon’s double left jab that continually bemused Benton (185) and kept the former titleholder marginally ahead. Eventually, De Leon began to open up in the tenth, and in the 11th he twice stunned Benton with combinations before going back to his boxing in the 15th.