1981-02-14 Eusebio Pedroza w co 13 (15) Pat Ford, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WBA
1981-02-14 Eusebio Pedroza w co 13 (15) Pat Ford, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WBA. Referee: Larry Rozadilla. Having given Salvador Sanchez a tough encounter for the WBC title, Ford (125¾) was expected to run Pedroza (125¾) reasonably close as well, but things did not quite work out that way as the champion took charge from the start to wear his rival down with good body blows. Although Ford was still dangerous, Pedroza, cut by the side of the right eye, began to ease off towards the final third and allowed the man from Guyana a bit of leeway. Almost exhausted, Ford was unable to take advantage and the 11th was the beginning of the end as Pedroza stepped it up and began to belt away at the body. Having continued his offensive into the 13th, Pedroza finally got to Ford decisively when two left hooks to the body put the latter down to be counted out six seconds after the bell to end the round.
Rated at number ten junior lightweight by The Ring magazine, Carlos Pinango would be Pedroza’s next challenger. Having won 21 of 22 contests, 16 inside the distance, and beaten the highly-ranked Gustavo Salgado, Pinango’s sole defeat had come when he was stopped by Leonel Hernandez.