Carlos Monzon vs Nino Benvenuti II WBC and WBA World middleweight title DUAL SIGNED action shot black & white 8" x 10" photo.
8th May 1971, Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Monzon W TKO 3
Benvenuti's manager throws in towel, Benvenuti was knocked down once in the 2nd and again in the 3rd, the towel was thrown in after he rose from the 2nd knock down.
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Carlos Monzon vs Nino Benvenuti II
Carlos Monzon became middleweight champion in 1970 when he scored a 12th-round knockout of fellow Hall of Famer Nino Benvenuti. Monzon went on to make a division-record 14 title defences.
Among his victims were Benvenuti, Emile Griffith (twice), Denny Moyer, Bennie Briscoe, Jose Napoles, and Rodrigo Valdes (twice). Of his 15 title fights, 10 ended by knockout.
Monzon's two wins over Valdes came at the end of his career and were very close decision. In the first fight, Monzon retained the title by two, two and four points. In the second contest, he climbed off the canvas to win another close decision.
Monzon's life was equally as violent when he left the ring. He was convicted of killing his long-time companion, who was the mother of his young son. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison and was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame during that time.
Monzon died in 1995 when a car he was driving went out of control and tumbled into a ditch. He was returning to prison after a weekend furlough.
Clearly one of the best middleweights ever, Monzon was unbeaten over the last 81 bouts of his career, a span of 13 years
Nino Benvenuti was an Italian sports legend before his first pro fight. He won European junior middleweight amateur titles in 1957 and 1959 and captured a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.
All of Benvenuti's early fights took place in Italy. Several top American fighters -- such as Isaac Logart, Gaspar Ortega and Denny Moyer -- traveled across the Atlantic to face him. Each one came home a loser. In 1965, Italy was beset by a Civil War when Benvenuti challenged reigning World junior middleweight champion Sandro Mazzinghi. Benvenuti knocked out Mazzinghi in the sixth round to win the crown.
He made two title defences before Ki-Soo Kim dethrone him in Seoul, Korea.
In 1967, Nino jumped to middleweight and traveled to New York City where won the title from Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden. Griffith won a rematch but Benvenuti reclaimed the 160-pound belt in their third meeting in 1968.
Nino made title defences against American contenders Don Fullmer, Fraser Scott and Luis Rodriguez. In 1970, Tom Bethea, a hard-punching New Yorker, knocked Benvenuti out in the eighth round of a non-title fight. Displaying honor often unusual for the fight game, Benvenuti granted him a rematch with the title on the line. This time Benvenuti knocked out Bethea in the eighth round.
Benvenuti lost the title in November of 1970 when Argentina's Carlos Monzon knocked him out in 12 rounds. A rematch took place a year later and Monzon won again, scoring a third-round knockout this time.
Benvenuti retired in 1971.