1988-09-03 Gilberto Roman w pts 12 Kiyoshi Hatanaka, Rainbow Hall, Nagoya, Japan - WBC

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1988-09-03 Gilberto Roman w pts 12 Kiyoshi Hatanaka, Rainbow Hall, Nagoya, Japan - WBC. Referee: James Jen-Kin. Scorecards: 119-108, 117-111, 115-111. A strange fight saw Hatanaka (114¾) dropped twice in the first, the second time from a low blow, before being given five minutes of rest to recover. Roman (114¼) was deducted a point, but then dug in another body shot in the third for which the challenger was given a three-minute respite despite the referee agreeing that the punch was legal. From then on, taking no further chances, Roman boxed his way to victory, moving, jabbing and countering to good effect.