This day in boxing history, July 12

Posted: July 12, 2018 in Boxing
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World Boxing Council Jr Middleweight World Champion Maurice Hope made the second defense of his title after stopping Rocky Mattioli at 2:52 of round 11 at the Conference Centre in Wembley, London on July 12th, 1980. Hope led 98-91 twice and 98-92 on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage. This was a rematch from March of 1979 when Hope won the WBC title after stopping Mattioli in round 9. The 28 year old Hope improved to 29-2-1, 24 KO’s, while the 26 year old Mattioli dropped to 59-6-2, 46 KO’s.

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