Rubin Hurricane Carter KO 1 – Florentino Fernandez This Day October 27, 1962
- Florentino Fernandez 160½ lbs
- Rubin Carter 157 lbs
- KO at 1:09 in round 1 of 10
- Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
- Referee: Johnny LoBianco
The fight aired live on ABC. It was Carter’s television debut.
Fernandez was ranked fifth at middleweight by the WBA.
Fernandez was a 6-5 favorite.
Carter scored two knockdowns. Carter floored Fernandez for the first time with a short right. Fernandez got up at the count of two and took the mandatory eight-count from referee Johnny LoBianco. Seconds later, Carter connected with a right-left-right that sent Fernandez through the ropes and onto the ring apron. He was counted out at 1:09 of the first round.