Mexico's Romeo Amaya won the World Boxing Association Bantamweight title on Sunday (21 January) when he knocked out the current holder, Enrique Pinder of Panama.
Mexico's Romeo Amaya won the World Boxing Association Bantamweight title on Sunday (21 January) when he knocked out the current holder, Enrique Pinder of Panama. Amaya was floored in round three.
The pace was quick and the punching was accurate, but the peppy Mexican was just ahead of Pinder until halfway through round three, when the crowd at Panama City got to its feet to watch Pinder go down.
The fight was part of a double world programme. Panama's Roberto Duran kept his World Boxing Association lightweight title when he knocked out his American challenger, Jimmy Robertson, in the fifth round.
SYNOPSIS: There was hardly a seat left on Sunday night in Panama City for the World Boxing Association's bantamweight title fight between Romeo Amaya of Mexico and Panama's own Enrique Pinder. Amaya's wearing the white trunks.
The first two rounds were free of any real incidents, but by the end of round two, Pinder was showing some signs of slowing. Amaya looked to be faster on his feet, but he didn't miss too many of Pinder's fiery punches.
But round three was the last for Enrique Pinder. Just over a minute after the bell, he went down and the crowd leaped up.
The victory made Romeo Amaya the world's bantamweight titleholder. But there was more excitement to come. The programme continued with the lightweight title fight between Roberto Duran of Panama and Jimmy Robertson of the United States. Until the third round, it looked like the North American would walk off with a quick victory, but the rapid-fire punching of Duran soon changed that. Towards the end of round five, Duran scored a fast series of blows to the head, and he felled Robertson, who stayed down for the count.