January 12th 1976-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Ben Villaflor (54-5-5, 30) vs Morito Kashiwaba (23-4-1, 16)
In early 1976 Filipino southpaw Ben Villaflor travelled to Tokyo to defend the WBA Super Featherweight title, as he faced Japanese challenger Morito Kashiwaba.
March 12th 1973-Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Kuniaki Shibata (37-4-3, 23) vs Ben Villaflor (48-4-3, 25)
In 1973 Japan's Kuniaki Shibata [柴田 国明], a former WBC Super Featherweight champion, travelled to face Filipino Ben Villaflor in a bout for Villaflor's WBA Super Featherweight title. These two would later have a rematch which ended in memorable fashion.
When we think of the greatest KO's of all time it's hard to ignore the excellent 1-punch KO by Filipino Ben Villaflor against Japanese nemesis Kuniaki Shibata from October 1973.
The bout was the second meeting between the two men who had first met in March 1973 with Shibata successfully claiming the WBA Super Featherweight title with a narrow decision over Villaflor in Hawaii. The men met again just 7 months later and the result really couldn't be any different as Villaflor regained is title inside 2 minutes with a thunderbolt that left Shibata out cold.
It was, in many ways, the perfect way to recapture the title for Villaflor who would fight on until 1976 eventually losing his title to Samuel Serrano in Puerto Rico. As As for Shibata he would claim the WBC Super Featherweight title 4 months after this fight, beating Ricardo Arredondo. As the WBC champion Shibata would defend the belt thrice before losing to Alfredo Ecalera and slowing winding down his career which came to an end in 1977.
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