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Old 07-03-2012, 07:39 PM   #22
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Default Re: How good was Davey Moore

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'The 'Skinny'

June 25, 1981 (Houston Astrodome)

WBA Light-Middleweight Champion- Ayub Kalule defended his Championship versus
WBC Welterweight Champion,- Ray Leonard.

Immediately after winning the WBA Crown, Ray Leonard 'vacated' the Light-Middleweight
Championship.

On the undercard of that fight card, the #1 WBA Light-Middleweight (Japan's) 26 year-old Tadashi Mihara
13-0-0 (10 KO's) and the OPBF Light-Middleweight Champion, was being 'showcased' as the next challenger.

His opponent, was Philippine - Ramon Dionisio 29-8-0 (11 KO's). Dionisio had been
stopped (L KO 7) by Tadashi Mihara a-year-and-half earlier (February 1980) in a one-sided bout,
so he seemed to be a 'safe opponent', as had been KO'd in all '8' of his losses.

Well, Tadashi Mihara got rocked badly in this bout, and was nearly stopped by the
light-hitting Dionisio in Round 4. Somehow, Tadashi re-grouped in the next round, and put together
'a-charge' and stopped (KO 5) the Philippine.

After this fight, the boxing reporters called Tadashi Mihara 'inept' and a poor excuse for a
#1 Challenger by the WBA. And many felt, he was nothing more than a 'preliminary fighter' who
would have a 'hard time' defeating any mediocre 154 lb. boxer in the United States.
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Where was Davey Moore,

On May 23, 1981 - in San Remo, Italy

Davey Moore, (one month shy of age 22) with a record of 5-0-0 (2 KO's), scored a 'major upset' when he Knocked-out
(TKO 1) #10 WBA Light-Middleweight - Joszef Nsubuga 23-2-0 (12 KO's).

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