Vito Antuofermo vs. Maurice Hope

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Vito Antuofermo lost to Maurice Hope by TKO at 2:48 in round 15 of 15

"Britain's Maurice Hope won the EBU junior middleweight boxing title Friday night with a 15th round TKO of defending champion Vito Antuofermo of Brooklyn, NY. With the fight virtually even going into the final round, Hope stunned Antuofermo with a quick combination of a left and two rights. Then Hope flailed away until the referee stepped in to halt the bout only 12 seconds from the final bell. Antuofermo had Hope in trouble in the 13th but failed to put him away and was visibly tired coming out for the 15th. Hope opened a cut over Antuofermo's left eye just 10 seconds into round one and drew blood over the Italian's right eye in the 8th. Antuofermo survived two counts in the 15th before Spanish referee Juan Perotti stopped the fight." -United Press International

  • Referee Juan Perotti's scorecard had Antuofermo leading after 14 rounds.

Post fight comment

  • "Antuofermo was undoubtedly the most dangerous opponent I've met so far. I must admit that toward the 7th round I seriously feared I could lose. Then I saw Antuofermo wear himself out in the 13th and 14th. Therefore I expected an opening in the 15th, during which I won the title." -Maurice Hope