Victor Emilio Galindez vs. Richie Kates (1st meeting)

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1976-05-22 : Victor Emilio Galindez 174½ lbs beat Richie Kates 173¾ lbs by KO at 2:59 in round 15 of 15


- Galindez, ahead on points, stops Kates with one second to go in the final round

"WBA light heavyweight champion Victor Galindez retained his title in Johannesburg via a 2:59 of the 15th round kayo over Richie Kates. In a bout described by ringsiders as one of the most savage ever seen in South Africa, Galindez overcame the handicap of a gaping wound over his right eye (the wound, which gushed so profusely Galindez resorted to wiping it on referee Stan Christodolu's white shirt as the fight went on, later requiring seven stitches) to batter Kates with a frenzied array of punches, to have the Bridgetown, NJ boxer teetering in almost every round, to floor him in the 7th and, with 11 seconds remaining in the fight, to zero in with two paralyzing left hooks that nailed Kates on the bloody canvas for the full count, which was completed one second before the final bell rang." -International Boxing, October, 1976 issue

  • After a clash of heads in the 3rd round, referee Stanley Christodolu stopped the action in order to have a ringside doctor look at Galindez' wound. However, the crowd of over 35,000 mistakenly thought the bout was stopped in Kates' favor and it took almost 10 minutes to clear the ring of spectators, reporters and photographers in order to resume the fight.