1961-04-22 Paul Pender w pts 15 Carmen Basilio, The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NY/EBU
1961-04-22 Paul Pender w pts 15 Carmen Basilio, The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NY/EBU. Referee: Ed Bradley. Scorecards: 149-135, 147-132, 147-138. Forced to visit the scales four times in order to make the weight, the champion was then badly cut on the left eye in the second round, an injury that required five stitches. He was also badly hurt by Basilio (156½) in that same session. Although Basilio kept up the pressure in the third Pender (160) was back in business, and by the fifth he had taken over, hooking, jabbing and throwing hurtful counters. In the 13th Basilio was downed by a right to the chin before being floored again by lefts and rights to the head in the final session. However, he still continued to attack, despite running into a barrage of left jabs. Floored for the first time in his career, Basilio never fought again.