Victor Galindez Stops Mike Rossman and Regains the Crown This Day April 14, 1979
- Victor Galindez 174¼ lbs
- Mike Rossman 174¼ lbs
- RTD at 3:00 in round 9 of 15
- Location: Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
- Referee: Stanley Christodoulou
- Judge: Jesus Celis
- Judge: Waldemar Schmidt
- WBA Light Heavyweight Title (2nd defense by Rossman)
In a big upset, Rossman defeated Galindez by a 13th-round TKO to win the WBA light heavyweight title at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 15, 1978. Afterwards, Galindez said: “I had personal problems, marital troubles, and I was out of shape. I couldn’t concentrate on my training. And I had been sick. I weighed 190 pounds and I had to starve myself. I wasn’t myself as a fighter.”
Rossman was scheduled to defend the WBA light heavyweight title in a rematch against Galindez at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 24, 1979, but the bout was cancelled shortly before fight time because of a dispute over the judges. Rossman said he didn’t know the fight was going to be canceled until he was in the ring waiting for Galindez to arrive. Galindez had asked that the WBA appoint two judges and one local judge, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission, maintaining it had the right to name all three judges, appointed officials from Nevada. Promoter Bob Arum negotiated with both sides in an attempt to put the fight on as scheduled, but he was unsuccessful. The commission refused to back down, and Galindez refused to fight. The WBA and Galindez did not have such problems with the Louisiana State Athletic Commission, which imported Stanley Christodoulou from South Africa, Waldemar Schmidt from Puerto Rico and Jesus Celis from Venezuela.
Rossman made $175,000, and Galindez earned $75,000.
There was a crowd of 8,900 at the Superdome.