1994-07-24 Zack Padilla w rtd 10 Juan Laporte, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBO
1994-07-24 Zack Padilla w rtd 10 Juan Laporte, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBO. Referee: Raul Caiz. Throwing punches from the first bell, Padilla (140) began to apply non-stop pressure and it soon became clear that Laporte (140) did not have the power required to keep the champion from swarming all over him. As hard as he tried Laporte was wilting by the tenth, having hit Padilla with his best shots, and he was retired on his stool at the end of the round completely exhausted.
After the WBO version of the title became vacant when Padilla was forced to retire in September having suffered an aneurism in training, Hector Lopez and Fidel Avendano were initially matched to find a successor. However, after Lopez sprained an ankle in training for the fight, Sammy Fuentes was drafted in as a late substitute.