Rafael Herrera vs. Venice Borkhorsor

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1973-10-13 : Rafael Herrera 118 lbs beat Venice Borkhorsor 117¾ lbs by SD in round 15 of 15

  • WBC World Bantamweight Title

"Mexico's Rafael Herrera retained his WBC bantamweight title Saturday night by scoring a split decision over Thailand's Venice Borkorsor in a punishing 15 round fight at the Forum. Herrera had the shorter Borkorsor on the canvas in the 7th round for the fight's only knockdown. However, at the end, Herrera could barely see from both eyes while Borkorsor, the former WBC flyweight titleholder, was unmarked." -United Press International

  • Borkorsor lost a point in the 13th round for a headbutt
  • Attendance - 12,200
  • Gate - $121,400

Unofficial scorecards:

  • UPI: 143-141 Borkorsor
  • AP: 143-141 Borkorsor
  • Pasadena Star-News: 145-141 Borkorsor
  • Los Angeles Times: 144-143 Borkorsor
  • Boxing Illustrated - 143-142 Borkorsor

Post fight comments:

  • "It was a dirty fight. Borkorsor started butting me about the 2nd round on. I will give him credit, though, he hits very hard." -Rafael Herrera
  • "It was a very good fight, but I feel it was a bad decision." -Venice Borkorsor
  • "There is no chance he can fight Romeo Anaya this year. Maybe in January or February." -Cuco Cuate, Herrera's manager, when asked if Herrera would be ready (healed) to unify the title before the end of the year.
  • "The split decision win for Herrera, who fought the last five rounds almost totally blind, was almost as absurd as the reluctance on the part of Referee Larry Rozadilla to take points away from the Thai fighter for continually head-butting Herrera." -Craig Doolittle, of the Pasadena Star-News.