The World Bantamweight Boxing Championship changed hands on Sunday (19 March) at a bout in Mexico City.
GV EXT. stadium
SV Sign advertising fight
SV Boxers introduced to crowd - Olivares on left
SV Start of first round
SV Boxing during first round
SV Crowd and round six sign being held up (3 shots)
SV Herrera attacking Olivares in round six - Olivares has blood around eyes
GV Crowd and sign: Round Seven (2 shots)
SV Herrera attacking again - Olivares badly swollen around right eye
SV Eighth Round in progress
SV Herrera attacking
SV Olivares goes down as is counted out (2 shots) - Herrera declared winner
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Background: The World Bantamweight Boxing Championship changed hands on Sunday (19 March) at a bout in Mexico City.
Challenging the title holder, Ruben Olivares, was fellow-Mexican Rafael Herrera.
To the surprise of man of the 200-thousand fans watching the fight, Herrera dominated the bout from the third round, and knocked out Olivares in round eight.
Olivares had held the Bantamweight crown since May 1971 when he regained the title by defeating Chucho Castillo -- also of Mexico.
SYNOPSIS: Boxing - and a world title fight on Sunday in Mexico City. Challenging the world Bantamweight title-holder, Ruben Olivares was another Mexican, Rafael Herrera. Olivares is the boxer on the left.....
There was an atmosphere of excitement in the Mexico City Stadium as the fight began. The world bantamweight title has in recent years become almost a Mexican possession. Another recent holder of the crown was Chucho Castillo. Many of the crowd expected a stirring contest with the title holder facing one of his main rivals. However, the performance of Olivares was disappointing - and by the sixth round the challenger Herrera already had the upper hand. Here Olivares is vainly trying to stave-off the strong two-handed punches of Herrera. Olivares - already suffering a cut over his right eye which is bleeding profusely. Time and again Olivares found himself retreating before the onslaught of Herrara The defending champion was pinned against the ropes for long spells.
On to Round Seven - and although Olivares was looking much the weaker of the two men it was generally considered among the two hundred thousand spectators that he would probably last out. However as Round Seven developed Herrera's punches repeatedly broke through Olivares' defence. It was clear the defending champion was having increasing trouble seeing through his now swollen right eye - and few of his counter punches found their mark.
Round Eight - and the end is near. Herrera began the round in aggressive style striking hard at Olivares. Several times the blows got through forcing Olivares to retreat towards the ropes.
The crows grew quieter as the round developed and it became clear that Olivares was very nearly beaten. Herrera consistently pushed home his advantage as fewer of Olivares punches came within striking distance.
The end of the fight came in the later part of the eighth round. A hard punch from Herrera was to send Olivares to the floor for the count. Herrera was declared the winner by a knockout - and acquired the title of World Bantamweight Champion.