Vicente Saldivar of Mexico outpointed Australia's Johny Famechon to recapture the world Featherweight Boxing Title in Rome last night (Saturday).
Vicente Saldivar of Mexico outpointed Australia's Johny Famechon to recapture the world Featherweight Boxing Title in Rome last night (Saturday). The former champion, who retired from the ring in 1967, won the fifteen round contest on points.
Saldivar proved wrong the old saying "They never come back." After defending his title for the third time in 1967 he announced that he was retiring. He was persuaded to make a comeback last July. The Mexican outpointed Jose Legra and then want on to challenge Famechon for the world title.
His win last night was one of the biggest upsets in boxing for many years. The Mexican started briskly and caught Famechon twice with left hooks. It wasn't until the third round that the Australian found his range, but boxing cleverly, Saldivar stayed out of harms way and built up a clever points lead.
By the 12th round the Mexican seemed to have the fight wrapped up. He landed a vicious hook to Famechon's face which brought the crowd to its feet. In the 14th Famechon was again on the defensive and Saldivar pounded him relentlessly.
After the fight Saldivar was carried shoulder high from the ring by his supporters.