1976-09-18 Alfredo Escalera w rtd 12 (15) Ray Lunny, Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBC
1976-09-18 Alfredo Escalera w rtd 12 (15) Ray Lunny Jr, Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBC. Referee: Waldemar Schmidt. In control for most of the fight, the champion’s aggression and harder punching ultimately proved too much for Lunny (130), who after being cut over the right eye in the fifth had taken a sustained beating in the 12th before being retired by his corner at the end of that round. There were no knockdowns, but Escalera (130) had stalked his rival throughout, having been in total control from the fifth onwards despite the clever Lunny making him miss time and again. The problem for Lunny was that he lacked the power to keep Escalera off him, and once the cut had worsened, his father, formerly a world-rated fighter himself and in his son’s corner, decided that it was pointless for him to continue.
After outpointing Hugo Barraza over 12 rounds in Caracas, Venezuela on 1 August, Tyrone Everett cemented his position as Escalera’s number-one challenger to earn himself a title shot. Unbeaten in 34 bouts, Everett was a clever, fast moving southpaw with a punch. He had also beaten Sammy Goss, Bert Nabalatan, Jose Luis Lopez and Lunny.