Lionel Rose vs. Chucho Castillo

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1968-12-06 : Lionel Rose 118 lbs beat Chucho Castillo 117 lbs by SD in round 15 of 15

WBC bantamweight title
WBA bantamweight title

The decision sparked a major riot. Fires were set, debris thrown into the ring, and cars overturned in the parking lot. Rose was knocked down in the 10th round.

"Australian Lionel Rose built up an early lead and survived a 10th round knockdown Friday night to successfully defend his world bantamweight title with a split decision over Mexico's Chucho Castillo in 15 rounds. Making his second defense of the title he won from Fighting Harada last February, Rose used a counter-punching style while Castillo appeared the aggressor most of the way. In the 10th, Rose went down from a solid right to the jaw and a left to the body. He was up after a short count but had to take the mandatory eight. Castillo came out fast in the 11th but by that time Rose was fully recovered. The little champion from Down Under probably kept his crown with a rally in the 14th. Castillo was unmarked. Rose suffered a bruise under his left eye in the 4th and blood trickled but gave Rose no trouble in his second defense. When the result was announced, the big crowd with a huge contingent of Castillo's countrmen vented their rage. Rose's manager Jack Rennie suffered cuts on his leg and arm, Referee Dick Young had scalp lacerations and several policeman were cut by the flying glass. Although double the normal number of police were on duty, they were unable to maintain order as a score of fires were set in the seats." - Associated Press

  • The next bout on the card between Richie Sue and Jose Jimenez was aborted in the 3rd round after bottles continued to bombard the ring. The rest of the card was then scrapped.
  • Purses: Rose - $75,000, Castillo - $20,000
  • Unofficial scorecards: Associated Press - 8-5 Castillo, Pasadena Star-News - 7-6 Rose
  • Post fight comment: "I've seen worse in Canada after a hockey game." - Jack Kent Cooke, Forum owner, on the damage after the riot.
  • Recap of the bout by Patrick Connor [1]