1973-01-20 Romeo Anaya w co 3 (15) Enrique Pinder, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WBA
1973-01-20 Romeo Anaya w co 3 (15) Enrique Pinder, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WBA. Referee: Roberto Lopez. Attacking right from the first gong, Pinder (117½) had seemed to be well on his way to victory over Anaya (118) when he was nailed by a terrific left hook from the challenger in the third round and counted out on the 2.00 mark. In what was a terrific upset, it was hardly surprising that the 16,000-strong crowd were stunned into silence.
Anaya’s first defence would be against Rogelio Lara, a Mexican fighter who was not even rated at the time despite the fact that he had beaten Clemente Sanchez (twice) and Arturo Leon Hernandez. A sharp, classy boxer, Lara had 25 wins from 34 contests.