1960-12-10 Benny Kid Paret w pts 15 Federico Thompson, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1960-12-10 Benny Kid Paret w pts 15 Federico Thompson, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Mercante. Scorecards: 9-6, 9-6, 7-6. Making his first defence, right from the opening bell Paret (147) forced the fight when setting up a relentless assault. Although Thompson (145½), nine years older, tried to keep up he lacked the stamina to be able to trade non-stop with the champion throughout. Thompson tried to use his longer reach, but that also failed to affect the way the contest went as Paret constantly got inside, and while there were no knockdowns both men were occasionally rocked in various exchanges. The turning point came in the third round when Thompson’s mouth was badly gashed. Swallowing a large amount of blood from there on in, often choking on it, made it more difficult for Thompson to up the pace. However, when the Panamanian did manage a grandstand finish in the 15th, pummelling away with a two-fisted attack for virtually three minutes, it was too late.