1964-11-30 Willie Pastrano w rsc 11 (15) Terry Downes, Belle Vue, Manchester, England - WORLD

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1964-11-30 Willie Pastrano w rsc 11 (15) Terry Downes, Belle Vue, Manchester, England - WORLD. Referee: Andrew Smyth. Given an opportunity to contest the title from out of the blue, with the former middleweight champion, Downes (171), giving it everything he was thought to be ahead at the start of the 11th. Always on the front foot and always working despite being puzzled by the movement of Pastrano (174¾), the Englishman kept up the attack. It all went horribly wrong for Downes, however, in the 11th when Pastrano came off his stool quickly to drop him for an ‘eight’ count following a right to the head. Back in action Downes was under immediate pressure, and after being hit with lefts and rights and unable to fight back he was dropped again, at which point the referee stopped the contest. The time of the stoppage was announced as being 1.17.

Pastrano’s next challenger would be Jose Torres, who beat the former middleweight champion, Carl Bobo Olson (w co 1 at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York on 27 November), in what was an eliminating contest. Prior to the fight, Teddy Brenner, the Madison Square Garden matchmaker, had announced that the winner would probably meet Pastrano on 1 March 1965.