Terry Downes, British and Empire middleweight boxing champion, failed to win the world title at Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Jan 14.
Terry Downes, British and Empire middleweight boxing champion, failed to win the world title at Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Jan 14. The referee stopped Downes' fight with Paul Pender, the American title holder, in the seventh round.
A cut on Downes' nose - started by a blow in the fourth round - needed 11 stitches. Until that blow, Downes, fighting with his usual ferocity and courage, was gaining the upper hand.
VISNEWS presents filmed highlights of the contest. Round One: Downes soon discovered Pender's powerful right hand punches, when a beautifully-timed short right caught him flush on the jaw. He was knocked to the boards as Pender followed through. A dazed Downes climbed to his feet as the count reached seven. Round Two: That punch threw him out of stride - temporarily, however. By the end of the round his boxing was getting back to form.
Round Four: When the persistent, tremendously strong, Downes carried on in top form to the fourth round, British hopes were raised. Then Pender, with a left jab, ripped open the flesh high on the bridge of Downes' nose. It sent blood flowing into his eyes and over his checks. Pender, however, was showing signs of tiring. Round Six: By this time, Downes' injury was worsening ... and the end was in sight. At the end of the round, the doctor examined the injuries for a third time, hesitated, and returned to his seat without advising the referee to stop the bout.
Round Seven: A brief flurry of lefts from Pender; and then the referee stopped the fight in Downes' own interests after the round was 57 seconds old. Downes and his second protested then accepted defeat when the extent of the injuries were realised.