1964-04-10 Willie Pastrano w rsc 6 (15) Gregorio Peralta, Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - WORLD

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1964-04-10 Willie Pastrano w rsc 6 (15) Gregorio Peralta, Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - WORLD. Referee: Pete Giarusso. In what was a thrilling bout from start to finish the challenger was stopped at the start of the sixth round after sustaining a long gash on the left eyelid that had come about following a long right to the head in the fourth. Peralta (174¾) was aggressive right from the first bell, especially with body punches, but Pastrano (174¾) was always alert and showing much cleverness, scoring well with crisp blows from either hand. With the fifth session being Peralta’s best as he began to slow Pastrano down with solid blows to the body, the Argentinian was shocked when the referee waited for the sixth to start before stopping the contest. Nat Fleischer, the editor of The Ring magazine, had Pastrano 3-2 ahead at the finish.

Having safely come through his first defence, Pastrano announced that he would fight anyone of the top-rated men as long as the money was right. With that in mind, at the end of June Gustav Scholz flew to America to negotiate a title bout in Germany for September or October, but on failing to get a contract went back to Germany to defend his European title against Giulio Rinaldi.

Another man waiting in the wings was the former world middleweight champion, Terry Downes, and towards the end of August it was reported that Harry Levene, the English promoter, had clinched a fight between him and Pastrano for 28 September. The date was later moved on to 30 November to allow the champion more time to recover from a haemorrhoid operation.