Kid Gavilan Beats Billy Graham This Day August 29, 1951 Retains The Crown
Regarded as one of the most controversial decisions of all time.
- Kid Gavilan 145¼ lbs
- Billy Graham 145 lbs
- SD in round 15 of 15
- Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
- Referee: Mark Conn 10-7
- Judge: Arthur Schwartz 9-6
- Judge: Frank Forbes 10-11
Regarded as one of the most controversial decisions of all time. The crowd violently protested the decision. Referee Conn, who had cast the deciding vote in favor of Gavilan, had to leave the ring under police protection. Among critics, opinions were divided sharply over who deserved the decision. Some had Graham a clear winner, while others thought the decision was close enough to go either way.
Attendance: 8,137; Gate: $34,419;
Gavilan received universal recognition as champion after this fight.
Unofficial scorecards: AP – 7-5-3 Graham
UP – 8-6-1 Graham
Ringside poll conducted by the UP of 15 boxing writers had 12 favoring Graham and 3 favoring Gavilan.