1982-01-24 Eusebio Pedroza w pts 15 Juan Laporte, Sands Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBA
1982-01-24 Eusebio Pedroza w pts 15 Juan Laporte, Sands Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBA. Referee: Guy Jutras. Scorecards: 144-141, 145-143, 144-142. Despite having two points deducted for low blows and using an elbow, Pedroza (126), cut above the left eye in the eighth round, came out a comfortable winner over a challenger who put up a brave and determined battle. Both fighters landed heavily in a gruelling contest, Laporte (125¼) looking to the head for victory, while Pedroza concentrated on the body, especially during the final third where he battered his rival against the ropes. The last round was a war as both men gave it everything they had, but Pedroza had done enough as far as the judges were concerned.
Due to defend his title against Bernard Taylor on 14 August, when taking on Costa Rica’s little-known Rudy Alpizar in a non-title warm-up at the New City Gym, Panama City, Panama on 17 July, Pedroza received a bad cut over the right eye which saw the referee declare a no-contest in the second round. The Taylor fight was later re-scheduled.