Ray Mancini vs. Orlando Romero
1983-09-15 : Ray Mancini 135 lbs beat Orlando Romero 134¾ lbs by KO at 1:56 in round 9 of 15
- Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
- Referee: Tony Perez
- Judge: Ismael W. Fernandez 77-76
- Judge: Yusaku Yoshida 79-77
- Judge: Nicasio L. Drake 77-77
Ray Mancini vs. Orlando Romero was a 15 round bout held for the WBA Lightweight championship of the world. Mancini was 26-1, 20 knockouts, while Romero, from Peru, was 30-0-1 with 12 knockouts.
The fight was held at Madison Square Garden based on two things: Mancini had expressively asked for it to be held there because of the building's rich boxing history, and New York's Italian-American and Hispanic populations were to back up the event.
The fight was a thrilling and close one, with Mancini leading by two and one points, the third card had it even, until Mancini ended the bout with a left cross that was setup by a jab in the ninth round.