1972-07-30 Enrique Pinder w pts 15 Rafael Herrera, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WORLD

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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.

On the verge of getting a crack at the title, the unbeaten Agustin Senin, ranked at number three by The Ring magazine, decided to retire at the end of 1972, stating that he would never box as a pro again. An aggressive, hard-hitting southpaw, Senin had won the European title from Alan Rudkin and had defended it twice before making his decision. Having turned pro in 1967, Senin had won 42 contests and drawn once. The EBU title was vacated and Johnny Clark took over Senin’s high ranking when outpointing Franco Zurlo over 15 rounds at the Albert Hall, London on 17 April 1973 to become the new champion.

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