Chartchai Chionoi vs. Efren Torres (1st meeting)
1968-01-28 : Efren Torres 111¾ lbs lost to Chartchai Chionoi 109¾ lbs by TKO at 1:15 in round 13 of 15
- Location: El Toreo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
- Referee: Arthur Mercante 116-107 111-115 113-113
- Torres down in the 2nd round.
- Ranked #20 Great Title Fight of All-Time by Ring Magazine in 1996.
"Thailand's Chartchai Chionoi retained his world flyweight boxing championship in a blood-drenched duel Sunday. Chionoi stopped Torres in the 13th round. Both fighters were splashed with blood from the waist up, from a cut over Torres' left eye that took 15 stitches to close. Footing in the ring was sticky with blood. Chionoi opened the cut in the 2nd round and scientifically slashed away at it, sending blood down Torres' face. Torres, considered just about the hardest hitter in the flyweight ranks, closed Chionoi's left eye in the 10th round. Both fighters whaled away at each other half blind for the rest of the fight. In the 13th, referee Arthur Mercante of New York called in the ring doctor and stopped the fight." -United Press International
Post fight comments
- "He's the toughest man I've ever fought. He is definitely the 2nd best flyweight in the world." -Chartchai Chionoi
- "A fantastic fight. I had Torres winning by seven rounds to four, with two tied, when I had to call it." -Referee Arthur Mercante