Roberto Duran vs. Hector Thompson

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1973-06-02 : Roberto Duran 134¼ lbs beat Hector Thompson 135 lbs by TKO at 2:15 in round 8 of 15

"WBA lightweight champion Roberto Duran retained his title Saturday night with a TKO over Australian challenger Hector Thompson in the 8th round of their scheduled 15 rounder. Duran floored Thompson for the first time in the fight in the 3rd round with a hard left to the body, but Thompson got to his feet immediately and waited for the count of eight. From then on Thompson put up a strong fight, exchanging flurries of hard punches from short distances with the aggressive champion. Thompson's blows caused a noticeable swellling of Duran's left eye in the 4th round. The champion looked a little tired by the 6th round and it was Thompson who landed the majority of the telling blows in that round. The Australian kept poking at Duran's eye in the 7th and it was easily his best round of the night. Duran knocked Thompson to the canvas twice in the 8th round after causing Thompson's nose to bleed profusely. Panamanian referee Nicasio Drake halted the fight after the second fall, awarding Duran the TKO." -United Press International