1982-11-13 Leonardo Cruz w co 8 (15) Benito Badilla, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBA

From Barry Hugman's History of Championship Boxing
Revision as of 18:20, 9 January 2012 by Hugman (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search

1982-11-13 Leonardo Cruz w co 8 (15) Benito Badilla, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBA. Referee: Larry Rozadilla. The stocky Badilla (122), who was knocked down in round two after being hit by a right uppercut, got up to prove himself a worthy challenger for Cruz (121½) as he hustled and bustled around the ring and occasionally hurt the champion with overarm rights to the head. However, once Cruz got into his stride, despite carrying a cut left eye, he opened up in the eighth and cut loose with both hands before landing a short left uppercut to the jaw which dropped Badilla and led to him being counted out after 1.46 had elapsed.