1961-01-14 Paul Pender w rsc 7 (15) Terry Downes, The Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NY/EBU
1961-01-14 Paul Pender w rsc 7 (15) Terry Downes, The Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NY/EBU. Referee: Bill Connelly. Despite being decked in the opening round, Downes (160) steamed into Pender (160) and continued to force him back regardless of being caught with accurate jabs. Unfortunately for Downes, albeit still going well, his nose was badly cut in the fourth, an injury that would ultimately be his undoing. Coming out for the fifth with damage to both eyes adding to his problems, the Englishman made the champion’s body his target for the next two sessions and was having some success before the referee called it off after 57 seconds of the seventh. At that stage it was obvious that the fight would not go the distance with the cut on Downes’ nose being about one and a half inches long, but had he not suffered such an injury he was well on his way to breaking Pender’s defences down.