1981-12-12 Salvador Sanchez w pts 15 Pat Cowdell, The Astrodome, Houston, Texas, USA - WBC
1981-12-12 Salvador Sanchez w pts 15 Pat Cowdell, The Astrodome, Houston, Texas, USA - WBC. Referee: Steve Crosson. Scorecards: 148-137, 146-140, 144-145. Following a couple of feeling-out rounds the champion came looking for Cowdell (125¼) with body punches. However, with the Englishman settling into a bobbing-and-weaving routine Sanchez found it difficult to pin his man down. Before too long, Cowdell, using the left jab well, was causing Sanchez (126) problems, but in the ninth a heavy right brought about a deep cut over his right eye. Although Sanchez was now getting through Cowdell’s defences the latter came back strongly with the jab in the 13th to give himself a chance. Sensing that things were not going to plan, Sanchez bombed into Cowdell in the 14th with heavy rights, and in the final session he put the latter down with a thunderous right to the head. Up at ‘eight’, after Cowdell hung in relentlessly to hear the bell he gained the respect of all who witnessed his courageous challenge.