Wilfredo Gomez vs. Lupe Pintor

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1982-12-03 : Lupe Pintor 121½ lbs lost to Wilfredo Gomez 121½ lbs by TKO at 2:44 in round 14 of 15

Aired on HBO
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Wilfredo Gomez-Lupe Pintor was held December 3, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The fight was preceeded by social gatherings and special events leading to it on the days before it took place. Pintor, Gomez, Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard (filling in for Wilfred Benitez), participated at a downtown parade and a press conference (Benitez was in the press conference). At the press conference, as it used to be during that era before virtually every big fight, each boxer wore suits and behaved remarkably well. This was the first and only time that both boxers fought on HBO Boxing.

The fight itself was an undercard fight leading to the main event where Wilfred Benitez would defend his WBC world Jr. Middleweight title against Hearns. Pintor was the WBC world Bantamweight champion, and Gomez was defending his WBC world Super-Bantamweight title for a record seventeenth time, all sixteen previous defenses having been won by knockout.

Gomez dominated the early going, pinning Pintor for a long stretcth along the ropes to begin the third round. Pintor hurt Gomez later on at the same round, but Gomez came back and had Pintor against the ropes again. Round three of Gomez-Pintor was voted "The Ring's round of the year".

Pintor started to zero in on Gomez's face as the fight went on, and Gomez began to tire, losing a point in the middle rounds for hitting with low blows. Gomez, however, was also using a body attack that later on proved to be important.

After round twelve, both fighters kept on throwing punches, with their respective corners having to intervene. Gomez had various injuries around his face, and, at some point, it was believed that Pintor could repeat the achievement done by Salvador Sanchez and beat Gomez. Pintor was very tired towards the fight's end, however.

Gomez broke through in round fourteen, connecting with a right to the head that sent Pintor down. Pintor gallantly got up, but after another barrage of punches punctuated by a devestating left hook from Gomez, he fell down against the ropes, prompting referee Arthur Mercante to stop the fight.

Many boxing experts call this one the greatest fight in Super Bantamweight boxing history.