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Jeff Chandler Loses to Oscar Muniz This Day July 23, 1983

Jeff Chandler Loses to Oscar Muniz This Day  July 23, 1983



  • Jeff Chandler 121¾ lbs
  • Oscar Muniz 121¾ lbs
  • SD in round 10 of 10
  • Location: Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
  • Referee: Larry Hazzard
  • Judge: Frank Brunette 5-4
  • Judge: Tom Kaczmarek 4-5
  • Judge: Phil Newman 4-5



Jeff Chandler, the World Boxing Association bantamweight champion, suffered the first defeat of his career, losing to unranked Oscar Muniz on a split decision in a 10-round non-title, super-bantamweight bout at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Chandler (31-1-2), of Philadelphia, led with his left jab and allowed Muniz (35-3-3) of Pico Rivera, Calif., to land hard right shots to the body and head from close range.

Muniz, bleeding from two cuts around the left eye for eight rounds, won 5-4-1 on the scorecards of Judges Tom Kaczmarek and Phil Newman. Judge Frank Brunette scored it 5-4-1 for Chandler. Each fighter weighed 121 3/4 pounds.

Chandler, who is not ranked as a super bantamweight, said he will continue to pursue the 122-pound title because he has trouble making the 118-pound bantamweight limit. Chandler took the fight on one-week’s notice and was paid $100,000.

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