• Short Summary

    NINO BENVENUTI OF ITALY RETAINED HIS EUROPEAN MIDDLEWEIGHT BOXING TITLE IN WEST BERLIN LAST NIGHT WHEN HIS MATCH AGAINST GERMAN CHALLENGER JUPP ELZE WAS STOPPED BY THE REFEREE IN THE FOURTEENTH ROUND.

  • Description

    NINO BENVENUTI OF ITALY RETAINED HIS EUROPEAN MIDDLEWEIGHT BOXING TITLE IN WEST BERLIN LAST NIGHT WHEN HIS MATCH AGAINST GERMAN CHALLENGER JUPP ELZE WAS STOPPED BY THE REFEREE IN THE FOURTEENTH ROUND.

    A 10,000 CROWD, INCLUDING A LARGE ITALIAN CONTINGENT, JAMMED THE DEUTSCHLANDHALLE STADIUM TO SEE HANDSOME, 28-YEAR-OLD BENVENUTI MAINTAIN HIS UNBEATEN RECORD IN 65 PROFESSIONAL FIGHTS.

    THE ITALIAN BOXER, WHO WEIGHED IN AT 72.2 KILOS (159 LBS), DOMINATED THE FIGHT THROUGHOUT AND WAS ALWAYS BOXING LIKE A CHAMPION.

    HIS GERMAN OPPONENT, AGED 26, WEIGHED 72.6 KILOS (160 LBS). BUT ONLY IN THE SIXTH ROUND, WHEN HE CAME OUT WITH A STRONG TWO-FISTED ATTACK AND GAINED SOME POINTS, DID ELZE REALLY LOOK LIKE A CHALLENGER FOR THE TITLE.

    IN THE FIRST ROUND A MIGHTY LEFT HOOK FROM BENVENUTI LIFTED ELZE OFF HIS HEELS. HE DROPPED TO THE CANVAS BUT WAS ON HIS FEET AGAIN BEFORE THE REFEREE HAD STARTED A COUNT. THE ITALIAN GAINED POINTS STEADILY THROUGH THE NEXT FEW ROUNDS UNTIL ELZE'S BUSTLING ATTACK AT THE START OF THE SIXTH.

    BENVENUTI, DESPITE TAKING SOME HARD PUNCHES AND BEING FORCED TO DEFEND SERIOUSLY FOR THE FIRST TIME, CAME BACK STRONGLY FROM THE START OF THE SEVENTH. FROM THEN ON HE MADE CLEVER USE OF HIS LONG LEFT, JABBING AT ELZE'S NOSE WHICH BEGAN TO BLEED PROFUSELY. BY THE TENTH ROUND THE GERMAN FIGHTER'S FACE WAS BADLY SWOLLEN AND HE SEEMED GROGGY IN THE FINAL STAGES.

    REFEREE GEORGE SMITH OF ENGLAND, WHO WILL OFFICIATE AT THE MUHAMMAD ALI-HENRY COOPER WORLD HEAVY-WEIGHT TITLE FIGHT IN LONDON NEXT SATURDAY, STOPPED THE FIGHT IN THE FOURTEENTH ROUND. HE SAID AFTERWARDS THAT THIS WAS TO SPARE ELZE "FURTHER PUNISHMENT".

    IT WAS ELZE'S 31ST PROFESSIONAL FIGHT AND ONLY HIS SECOND DEFEAT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABGQ70C9R774ICRHPJT6FYUXO7
    Media URN:
    VLVABGQ70C9R774ICRHPJT6FYUXO7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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