1982-12-03 Wilfredo Gomez w rsc 14 (15) Lupe Pintor, The Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - WBC

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1982-12-03 Wilfredo Gomez w rsc 14 (15) Lupe Pintor, The Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - WBC. Referee: Arthur Mercante. Making his 17th defence Gomez (121½) took on the battle-hardened Pintor (121½), and although he looked at times ready to give way he once again proved that the only thing that would defeat him would be the weight-making process. Both men gave it everything and round three was one of the greatest rounds of all time as the action went first one way and then the other. It was certainly Gomez’s toughest defence, and from the tenth through to the end of the 13th it appeared that he would lose, but coming back strongly in the 14th he put Pintor down for ‘four’ and then pinned his rival on the ropes before belting him to the canvas again. This time, however, the referee had seen enough and rescued the tough Mexican on the 2.44 mark.

Following the fight it was announced that as from 1 January 1983 all WBC world title bouts would be restricted to 12 rounds.

A few months later, on 6 May, Gomez relinquished the WBC version of the title due to continued weight-making difficulties and Jaime Garza and Bobby Berna, rated number two and seven, respectively, by The Ring magazine, were matched to find a new champion. The heavy-handed Garza had won all 37 contests he had participated in, only two men going the distance, and had beaten Antonio De La Paz and Carmelo Negron, while Berna, a southpaw who also carried a dig, had defeated William Develos along with 22 others in 26 fights.