1973-08-18 Romeo Anaya w co 3 (15) Enrique Pinder, Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBA
1973-08-18 Romeo Anaya w co 3 (15) Enrique Pinder, Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBA. Referee: George Latka. Despite being told to stay out of range in the early stages, Pinder (117½) elected to trade with Anaya (118) before paying a big price. Flattened by a solid left hook to the jaw, having been set up with heavy blows to the head with just two seconds of the third remaining, the challenger crashed to the floor. Under different circumstances Pinder might have been given time to recover, but due to Californian rules allowing for the count to continue even if the round had ended he was counted out eight seconds after the bell.
Although the WBA told Anaya that he had to meet the WBC champion, Rafael Herrera, in a unification fight before the year was out, after much debate they allowed him to defend against the unrated Arnold Taylor prior to that. Taylor held both the South African bantam and featherweight titles, and in 40 contests had lost just four times - Dennis Adams, Andries Steyn, John O’Brien and Johnny Famechon, all good fighters doing the trick. On the credit side he had beaten Toro George, Ugo Poli and Evan Armstrong.