1982-06-03 Lupe Pintor w rsc 11 (15) Seung-Hoon Lee, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBC

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1982-06-03 Lupe Pintor w rsc 11 (15) Seung-Hoon Lee, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBC. Referee: Rudy Jordan. Surprisingly, in view of his weight problems, Pintor (118) was still fighting at the 118lbs limit. Lee (117¼) was certainly no soft touch, knocking the champion over in the fifth round and generally putting up stiff resistance. However, Pintor, who lost concentration at the time of the knockdown, eventually took control, and having punished his man severely from the eighth onwards gashed Lee’s right eye in the tenth. At this juncture, with there being no way back for Lee, a round later, on the 0.43 mark, the referee decided to halt the contest in order to save the brave South Korean from taking further punishment.

A few months later, the WBC decided that as from 1 January 1983 all world title bouts held under their auspices would be contested over 12 rounds.

Pintor, who took time out to unsuccessfully challenge Wilfredo Gomez for the WBC junior featherweight title, broke his jaw in a motorcycle accident before relinquishing his title in July 1983 when it was realised he would be out of action for a further period of time.Following that, Alberto Davila and Kiko Bejines were matched in order to find a new champion.

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