Eusebio Pedroza vs Barry McGuigan

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Eusebio Pedroza vs Barry McGuigan
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4
Average: 4 (2 votes)

Date: 
Saturday, June 8, 1985
Location: 
Loftus Road Stadium, Shepherd's Bush, London, England, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
15
Contracted Weight: 
126
Titles at Stake: 
WBA featherweight world title
Referee: 
Stanley Christodoulou

Official Judging
Stanley Christodoulou 138 - 148
Ove Ovesen 139 - 149
Fernando Viso 140 - 147

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Fan Cards: Eusebio Pedroza vs Barry McGuigan


scorecard by NARUTO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Total
EUSEBIO PEDROZA
10
9
10
10
9
9
8
10
9
10
9
10
9
9
9
140
BARRY MCGUIGAN
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
144


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
10
9
10
8
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
142
BARRY MCGUIGAN
9
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
144


Comments

what_is_the_default_password's picture

In his greatest career performance, Barry McGuigan unseats the greatest Featherweight of the modern era.

Pedroza was only aged 29, but with more than 40 fights and 19 title defenses the wear and tear on his body became evident. The slithering motion of his slipping and weaving was still there, but not with the same vigour or fluidity as before, nor was the venom of his inside-game.

He used to clinch with his opponent so he could hurt them, now he clinched with his opponent to survive. He used to be able to dodge combinations successfully, now his opponent could land combinations on him successfully. He used to survive bombs from Lockridge and LaPorte, now he was wobbled by some Irish kid. He used to excel in the championship rounds where he had relentlessly battered countless challengers worn out by his body shots, now he languished in these final rounds as McGuigan punched away having worn him down with body shots in the earlier rounds.

He looked good against Jorge Lujan just months earlier, but Lujan was a shopworn fighter like Pedroza in this fight. On the other hand, McGuigan was a lean and hungry young challenger, like Pedroza was once upon a time.

Even facing this tremendous adversity, with a aggressive young challenger and a partisan crowd cheering against him, Pedroza never lost his composure as a champion. He never faltered or wavered or showed any distress, not when his was wobbled and not when he was floored. He stuck to his boxing skills when he realised he could not muscle and brawl with a younger man; he was determined to last the distance when getting knocked out was a very real possibility. I honestly felt the fight was much closer than what the officials had scored, if not for his power McGuigan would have struggled mightily against a smart-boxing Pedroza.

"Without a doubt, he was one of the greatest fighters of all time. I pail compared to Eusebio Pedroza. He was one of the greatest featherweights of all time. I’m proud to share a ring with him."
-Barry McGuigan, 'Best I Faced'.

Naruto's picture

I thought McGuigan clearly won the 6th, first clear round of the fight really. We are in agreement everywhere else except for the even rounds you score although in this fight the 3 was about as even as it gets. The 7th was Pedroza's best round so far until he got cold-cocked/dropped by a enormous McGuigan overhand right. Again Pedroza was domintaing the round 9 and McGuigan bashes him with that right left in the same spot of the ring as the knockdown. Barry had him severely hurt and about out of there, so even though Pedroza won the first 2:30 of the round McGuigan's 30 seconds worth was so profound I have to give it to the challenger.