• Short Summary

    Boxing -- and in retaining his world middleweight title against Columbian challenger Rodrigo Valdez, in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on Saturday (30 July), Carlos Monzon of Argentina had one of the hardest fights of his carrier.

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    SV World Middleweight boxing champion Carlos Monzon in ring with officials and small son, before title fight against Columbian Rodrigo Valdes, and GV crowd watching -- Monte Carlo, Monaco. (2 shots)
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    GVs fight in progress in second round; Monzon getting knocked to knees and taking mandatory count; fight continuing and spectators watching. (2 shots)
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    GVs fight continuing and spectators watching. (2 shots)
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    GVs fight continuing and spectators watching. (2 shots)
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    SV referee declaring Monzon winner, and officials and others in ring.
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    Initials YT/0215


    SPORT: BOXING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Boxing -- and in retaining his world middleweight title against Columbian challenger Rodrigo Valdez, in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on Saturday (30 July), Carlos Monzon of Argentina had one of the hardest fights of his carrier. Monzon, who had vowed to retire after the fight, only narrowly won on points after going the full fifteen rounds.

    SYNOPSIS: The champion, who brought his small son into the ring with him before the fight, was defending his title for the fifteenth time in seven years. Weighing in at 158 pounds (72.1 kilometres), he faced a sturdy challenge from the shorter lighter Columbian. But Valdez, giving away nearly a third of kilo (half a pound), did have an age advantage. At 29, he's five years younger - and used the advantage to carry the fight to Monzon knocking the title-holder to his knees in the second round for a mandatory count. But Monzon displayed exceptional stamina each time he was caught by the Columbian's bull-like rushes, and carried on to the end.

    Monzon, displaying the superb skill of a world champion who's held on to his title for so long, refused to succumb to long Valdez's furious two-fisted assaults. Drawing on greater experience and sheer boxing style, he managed to build up points in the early rounds by staying clear of Valdez, frequently leaving the challenger pawing in mid-air while himself landing a steady sequence of scoring jabs to the head and body. The early points build-up carried the champion through the rest of the fight. When he tired from the early frantic pace, Valdez managed to make some slower, but visibly punishing connections. Valdez always looked dangerous, and Monzon treated him with respect throughout the entire fight.

    But at the end, it was sheer class that allowed the Argentinian to hold his world title.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA47FSGIS53SZBJXGBRANT2SH67
    Media URN:
    VLVA47FSGIS53SZBJXGBRANT2SH67
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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