Eusebio Pedroza vs Rocky Lockridge

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Eusebio Pedroza vs Rocky Lockridge
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Date: 
Saturday, October 4, 1980
Location: 
Great Gorge Resort, McAfee, New Jersey, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
15
Contracted Weight: 
126
Titles at Stake: 
WBA featherweight world title
Referee: 
Stanley Christodoulou

Official Judging
Stanley Christodoulou 147 - 141
Rodolfo Hill 149 - 139
Harold Lederman 142 - 144

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"Veteran Eusebio Pedroza of Panama, showing the poise and polish of a champion, made the 10th successful defense of his WBA featherweight title Saturday, scoring a grueling and highly controversial 15 round split decision over previously unbeaten Rocky Lockridge. Pedroza rallied in the 2nd half of the fight to defeat Lockridge, who was 16-0." -United Press International.

Unofficial UPI scorecard (scored by American correspondent Joe Carnicelli): 143-143 Draw
American commentators Tim Ryan and Gil Clancy of CBS scored the bout 145-140 for Lockridge.
Less than 30 minutes after the fight, Lockridge's manager Lou Duva accused Pedroza of violating WBA rules by taking a foreign substance. Duva produced a tape made by New Jersey public TV (filming a Lockridge documentary) which clearly showed Pedroza's manager Santiago Del Rio placing something in the champion's mouth after the 5th round.
Pedroza agreed to and took a urine test after the controversy.

Post fight comments

"They put something in his mouth. It's clear violation of the rules. The rules say a fighter may take only clear water and that if anything else is taken he is subject to DQ. We went all over this at the rules meeting." -Lou Duva
"There were pills, I saw them." -Promoter Bob Arum
"I take some ice in my mouth between rounds. I don't need anything during a fight. I am in too good condition to have to take anything like that." -Eusebio Pedroza.




Fan Cards: Eusebio Pedroza vs Rocky Lockridge


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
EUSEBIO PEDROZA
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
145
ROCKY LOCKRIDGE
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
140


scorecard by WHAT_IS_THE_DEFAULT_PASSWORD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
EUSEBIO PEDROZA
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
146
ROCKY LOCKRIDGE
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
142


Comments

what_is_the_default_password's picture

Some fights were closer than people remembered it to be while some other fights were not as close as people remembered it to be, this fight is the later.

Lockridge was robbed on the Panamanian scorecard (the 149-139 score makes the 118-110 look tame by comparison) but he was not robbed of a victory, he was competitive at first but withered in the later rounds by Pedroza's rallies. Scoring corruption, supposed low-blows and alleged illegal substances aside, Pedroza rightfully earned his decision.

Obviously Lockridge's hometown fans were biased towards Lockridge, but I personally find it disconcerting just how biased the commentators were too. The commentators were quick to notice any small punch Lockridge landed on Pedroza, and at the same time ignored Pedroza's various legal blows to the body; if they pointed out a body blow Pedroza landed, they accused him of low-blowing.

The ringside polls were overwhelmingly in Lockridge's favour, hometown fans aside Lockridge did manage to land generally at least one to two clean hard shots to the head every round which are the easiest type of punch to see and in turn may have convinced the ringside viewers Lockridge won those rounds. What they didn't seem to notice was while Lockridge chose to engage Pedroza on the inside, Pedroza actually had a lot more success on the inside than Lockridge. Especially in the later rounds, Pedroza consistently landed numerous compact blows to the chin and body while in a 'phone-booth' position with Lockridge, also when in the 'phone-booth' Pedroza managed to stifle or block a lot of Lockridge's blows. This is why I gave most of the later rounds to him allowing him to win on my scorecard.

I am sick of people claiming Rockridge won this fight.