1972-07-30 Enrique Pinder w pts 15 Rafael Herrera, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WORLD
1972-07-30 Enrique Pinder w pts 15 Rafael Herrera, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WORLD. Referee: Waldemar Schmidt. Scorecards: 147-142, 147-143, 149-138. Boxing a smart, tactical battle, Pinder (118) generally stayed on the outside of the flat-footed Herrera (117¾) to pile up points and kept himself away from any close quarter work where the champion could shine. Although being caught by the occasional heavy blow, in the main Pinder’s agility kept him out of trouble. Despite a last-ditch effort from Herrera, who was cut on the right eye in the 13th, Pinder kept his cool to pick up a well-deserved unanimous decision.
Pinder forfeited WBC recognition in December after failing to defend against the leading challenger, Rodolfo Martinez, within the stipulated period. Following that announcement, the WBC matched Martinez against Herrera for the vacant title.