Carlos Teo Cruz vs. Mando Ramos (2nd meeting)

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1969-02-18 : Mando Ramos 134½ lbs beat Carlos Teo Cruz 134¾ lbs by TKO at 2:41 in round 11 of 15

  • WBC Lightweight Title
  • WBA Lightweight Title
  • Cruz's cut eye stops the fight
  • Promoter: Aileen Eaton

"Mando Ramos, 20, Long Beach, Calif., won the lightweight championship of the world when he stopped 31 year old Carlos (Teo) Cruz of the Dominican Republic in the 11th round of their scheduled 15 round fight Tuesday night. Ramos ripped open an ugly gash over Teo's left eye in the 8th round. He kept reopening it as well as slicing a smaller cut under the eye until the bloody drama was stopped with 19 seconds remaining in the 11th. Under California rules it is ruled a knockout, only the second suffered by Cruz in more than a decade as a professional fighter." -Associated Press

  • Unofficial AP scorecard at the time of the stoppage - 5-3 Cruz

Post fight comments

  • "We don't know what's next. A guy would have to be a real optimist to make any plans before going into a title fight." -Jackie McCoy, Ramos' manager, regarding his next opponent
  • "We'll ask for a rematch. Afterall, we gave him two shots at the title." -Peter Martinez, Cruz' manager
  • "No way, I'm tired of these $60,000 guarantees. But I might put on a rematch if the price is right." -Aileen Eaton, Promoter for the Olympic Boxing Club, regarding a 3rd Cruz-Ramos fight.