John Conteh 1976 vs Thomas Hearns at 175 lbs. The Conteh that defeated Alvaro Yaqui Lopez on Oct 18 1976 goes against the Hearns that defeated Virgil Hill. Who takes this 15 rounder? The winner takes on WBA champion Victor Galindez in Monte Carlo, Monaco, which was a hot spot for boxing back then. John was a natural light heavyweight while Hearns had to grow into that weight.