Kid Gavilan vs Johnny Saxton

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Kid Gavilan vs Johnny Saxton
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Date: 
Wednesday, October 20, 1954
Location: 
Philadelphia, PA
Rounds Scheduled: 
15
Titles at Stake: 
World Welterweight Title
Referee: 
Pete Pantaleo

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A controversial decision in a fight with little action until later rounds. Ring Magazine reported that the referee frequently warned Gavilan against holding, when Saxton was mainly to blame.




Fan Cards: Kid Gavilan vs Johnny Saxton


scorecard by BOXING PURIST
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
KID GAVILAN
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
145
JOHNNY SAXTON
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
140


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
KID GAVILAN
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
144
JOHNNY SAXTON
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
141


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
KID GAVILAN
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
145
JOHNNY SAXTON
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
140


Comments

rorschach's picture

And now Gavilan vs Saxton.

rorschach's picture

About right.

Film quality made this one a tough contest to set through and pay attention without getting dizzy. It's astonishing the fight was awarded to Saxton as he had very little activity through the first 8 frames, so much so that I only saw one of the first 8 sessions in Saxton's favor. Gavilan did himself no favors by not taking command of the affair, while clearly winning the first half of the fight on workrate The Cuban Hawk never did anything convincing so while he was winning the sessions nothing stood out in his work to show he was the general. According to Ring Magazine editor at the time Nat Fleischer the referee showed favortism all night to the challenger, which was hard to notice on a film with no sound. But Gavilan should have known at the time how events were going and took action. Saxton did come on from the 10th on and won many of those frames and a lot of judges favor fighters who finish strong. So while Kid Gavilan should have left the ring still Welterweight Champion of the World, he was definitely outdueled by the new champion over the final 6 frames 4-2 by my eye.