1982-07-21 Salvador Sanchez w rsc 15 (15) Azumah Nelson, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBC

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1982-07-21 Salvador Sanchez w rsc 15 (15) Azumah Nelson, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBC. Referee: Tony Perez. With only 13 fights on his record, and a substitute for the injured Mario Miranda, Nelson (124) showed himself to be a worthy challenger, often oufighting Sanchez (126) in the earlier rounds before being put down in the seventh and taking a beating for the remainder of the session. Back in control for a round or so, Sanchez again found himself in a war right through to the 15th, but like every great champion he eventually found the punches to terminate the contest. A left hook to the jaw had Nelson in big trouble before a four-punch combination put him down. Up again, Nelson did not seem to know where he was and after taking several big punches the referee came to his rescue with just 11 seconds of the fight remaining.

Following Sanchez’s death in a road crash on 12 August, the WBC matched Juan Laporte and Mario Miranda to contest the vacant title.