1981-12-12 Salvador Sanchez w pts 15 Pat Cowdell, The Astrodome, Houston, Texas, USA - WBC
1981-12-12 Salvador Sanchez w pts 15 Pat Cowdell, The Astrodome, Houston, Texas, USA - WBC. Referee: Steve Crosson. Scorecards: 148-137, 146-140, 144-145. Following a couple of feeling-out rounds the champion came looking for Cowdell (125¼) with body punches, but with the Englishman settling into a bobbing and weaving routine and making a difficult target he found it difficult to pin his man down. Before too long Cowdell was using the left jab well and causing Sanchez (126) problems, but in the ninth a heavy right brought about a deep cut over his right eye and made life much tougher for him. Sanchez was now getting through Cowdell’s defences, but the latter came back strongly with the jab in the 13th to give himself a chance. Sensing that things were not going to plan, Sanchez bombed into Cowdell in the 14th with heavy rights and in the final session he finally put the latter down with a thunderous right to the head. Up at ‘eight’, Cowdell hung in relentlessly to hear the bell and in doing so gained the respect of all who witnessed his courageous challenge.