Joe Brown vs. Paolo Rosi

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1959-06-03 : Joe Brown 132 lbs beat Paolo Rosi 134 lbs by TKO in round 9 of 15

World Lightweight Title

Bout was stopped due to several cuts suffered by Rosi. According to Nat Fleischer (The Ring, August 1959, pp. 12-13), the fight was scored as even on the official cards when the referee stopped the fight because of Rosi's cuts.

"Joe Brown from New Orleans stopped cut-prone Paolo Rosi of Italy for a 9th round TKO in their 15 round title fight at Uline Arena Wednesday night. Rosi suffered a deep, wide gash over the left eye. Brown and his challenger were even in the scoring at the time but it didn't matter much when the blood started to flow. A straight right split open an 1 1/2 inch long, 1/4 inch wide cut over Paolo's left eye in the 8th round. Blood streamed from the gaping wound and it was no surprise when referee Charley Reynolds, at the direction of the two ringside physicians, stopped the fight during the intermission between the 8th and 9th rounds. Under DC rules it went into the record books as a 9th round TKO." - Associated Press

  • Unofficial AP scorecard through eight rounds - 77-75 Rosi
  • Unofficial ringside poll of 14 sportswriters - 8 for Rosi, 4 for Brown and 2 scoring it even through eight rounds.
  • Post fight comments:
    • "He hit me with his head. No punch, just his head. I fight him again and I beat him, you see." - Paolo Rosi
    • "That little bald head can butt pretty hard. I don't blame him for yelling 'butt' as an alibi but everyone in the place saw that right hand cut him open." - Joe Brown