Carlos Palomino vs. John H. Stracey
John H Stracey 146 lbs lost to Carlos Palomino 145 lbs by TKO at 1:35 in round 12 of 15
- Date: 1976-06-22
- Location: Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
- Referee: Sid Nathan
- WBC World Welterweight Title (2nd defense by Stracey)
The contest was toe to toe for much of the fight. Stracey had a slight lead for the first six rounds, scoring with his long right hand leads and good left jabs and hooks to the head of Palomino. Carlos was doing a job on Stracey's body at this point, taking everything the champ had to offer. Carlos started to come-on in round seven, and was carrying the fight to the champion, who started to slow down and began to look worried. The next four rounds Palomino kept on coming, scoring to the body as the champion tried to hold him off. The twelfth and final round saw Palomino come out for the kill. John looked about out on his feet. Those body blows had taken all the fight out of him. Carlos opened up with a barrage of lefts and rights to the body, and down went the king. Stracey was up at eight and was again under attack from the U.S.A. boxer. Carlos landed another barrage of body punches and Stracey was again on the deck, again struggling to his feet. As Stracey leaned against the ropes for support, the referee stepped in to stop the fight at 1:35 of the round. (Source: Ron Oliver, The Ring Magazine Correspondent)
- "It was a voluntary defense by Stracey, not a command one, and, to be perfectly honest, we picked what we took to be a competitive, saleable, but least dangerous opponent for Stracey. We were never more wrong." - Mickey Duff, Stracey's matchmaker.