Eusebio Pedroza: Barry McGuigan pays tribute as former world champion dies

Round 19 million individuals watched Eusebio field McGuigan on television in 1985

Eusebio Pedroza, the boxer Barry McGuigan defeated to memorably develop into world featherweight champion in 1985, has died, light 62.

Panamanian Pedroza held the WBA featherweight title for bigger than seven years sooner than a parts loss to McGuigan.

A UK television viewers of 19 million individuals watched the Loftus Aspect road bout.

The WBA said Pedroza had battled pancreatic most cancers, adding he “used to be a worthy world champion and above all a huge human being”.

Irish fighter McGuigan, who used to be named BBC Sport Personality of the 300 and sixty five days in 1985 after beating Pedroza, tweeted: “A sad day for me as my rival and excellent world featherweight champion Eusebio Pedroza passes away. It used to be a pleasure to fragment the ring with him.”

Pedroza won the world title light 22 and defended the belt 19 times, making him one in every of the longest-reigning champions in featherweight history.

A WBA observation learn: “Pedroza died at 62 years of age. Before every little thing he used to be confined within the health heart combating pancreatic most cancers, but later he used to be despatched home the effect he continued to battle except the last bell rang early this morning.”

After his unanimous parts defeat by McGuigan, Pedroza fought five extra times, retiring in 1992 with a file of 41 wins, six losses and a scheme.

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