1985-03-02 Aaron Pryor w pts 15 Gary Hinton, Sands Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF

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1985-03-02 Aaron Pryor w pts 15 Gary Hinton, Sands Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF. Referee: Rudy Battle. Scorecards: 143-141, 146-139, 141-143. Suffering the effects of a long layoff the champion found it tough going against Hinton (140), having to come from behind to beat the Philadelphia southpaw. Right from the off Hinton was able to hit Pryor (140) with right jabs and two-handed hooks, and the latter’s cause was not helped when he was cut on the right temple in the second following a clash of heads. Pryor’s problems continued with his inability to find any rhythm in the early rounds, but in the ninth he began to look more like his old self when he hurt Hinton with a burst of two-handed hitting. Now back in the fight, Pryor hurt Hinton with left hooks and right hands in several rounds before catching the latter with a big right in the 14th, which dropped him and effectively sewed up the fight.

After Pryor forfeited IBF recognition in December due to inactivity, Hinton and Reyes Antonio Cruz were eventually matched to find a new champion.