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Kid Gavilan vs Bobby Dykes

Kid Gavilan vs Bobby Dykes

Date: 4th February 1952

Venue: Miami Stadium, Miami, Florida, USA

Title: World Welterweight Title

Kid Gavilan
( 78 - 12 - 4 )
Weight: 147 lbs

Bobby Dykes
( 88 - 10 - 6 )
Weight: 146 3/4 lbs

Kid Gavilan (78-12-4) came into his World Welterweight Championship defence against Miami, Florida's Bobby Dykes (88-10-6) as a 4 to 1 betting favourite.

A crowd of 11,526 packed into the Miami Stadium to watch the first world title fight authorized under Florida law. Gavilan vs Dykes also represented the first time a black man and a white man had met in a Miami boxing ring.

Gavilan came away with a split decision victory even though most experts believe he won by a bigger margin than the judge's scorecards suggested.

Scores: Eddie Coachman 140-143 | Mark Erwin 142-141 | Ladislad Nodarse 145-139.

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