Eusebio Pedroza vs Juan Laporte

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Eusebio Pedroza vs Juan Laporte
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Date: 
Sunday, January 24, 1982
Location: 
Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
15
Contracted Weight: 
126
Titles at Stake: 
WBA featherweight world title
Referee: 
Guy Jutras

Official Judging
Fernndo Viso 144 - 141
Ove Ovesen 144 - 142
Marco Antonio Rodriguez 145 - 143

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Fan Cards: Eusebio Pedroza vs Juan Laporte


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EUSEBIO PEDROZA
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141
JUAN LAPORTE
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9
143


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This fight looked straight out of Sandy Saddler's era, and it was only by the referee's unusual leniency that Pedroza was not disqualified.

LaPorte started strong and boxed well, while Pedroza looked uncharacteristically sluggish and was hit by some hard shots. Just as it looked as if a new featherweight champion might be on his way, Pedroza dragged LaPorte to the trenches.

Pedroza has few equals when it comes to fighting in the trenches, he always found a way to batter his opponents into withering submission, rules be damned.

The champion pulled every trick in the book. Hold-and-hit, rabbit punches, headbutts, groin shots, kidney punch, elbow strike, forearm strike, Kung-Fu style open palm strikes and even shoulder strikes were all used by Pedroza in a no-holds-barred beating on LaPorte.

LaPorte withered badly under such a savage beating, and it was obvious his early fire was all but extinguished. Nonetheless, LaPorte managed to fight back in spurts and take a round or two in the latter half of the game, he also tried to retaliate with his own headbutts and low blows without much success.

For his transgressions, Pedroza was deducted three points.

In round 3, Pedroza was deducted a point for hitting after the bell.

In round 8, he was deducted a point after multiple low blows on LaPorte.

In round 14, he was deducted a point after multiple warnings about his misuse of elbows.

After 15 rounds of savage war, LaPorte looked utterly drained and anything but a victor. Meanwhile Pedroza looked relatively fine despite his high output, which is a testament to his amazing endurance as a championship-round-specialist.

Point deductions aside, it was unquestionable Pedroza won the fight. The suspense in the air was whether the three points deduction would change the outcome of the decision.

On my scorecards it did, but it did not on the official scorecards.

Pedroza was announced the winner by unanimous decision amidst the boos of LaPorte's hometown fans. Their indignation was justified, he should have been disqualified for the amount of blatant fouls he pulled. But then again all-time great boxers like such as Saddler and Greb who made fouls a staple of their game were rarely, if ever, disqualified. Would it be fair to sing praises of these historic greats while criticising Pedroza for his dirty tactics in his title reign?

Pedroza continued to defend his title several more times, often at his opponent's hometown. You don't see this kind of champion anymore.

"We knew he was a dirty fighter, but I’m not saying the low blows beat me, because I don’t think he won."
-Juan LaPorte

"You’re a pro, you don’t cry, that’s professional boxing."
-Eusebio Pedroza

We all know the pro-boxing business is a little dirty and shady since its conception, to expect otherwise is ignorance and naivety.