On this day 40 years ago, Salvador Sanchez scaled the heights and became an all-time great, defeating the 2-1 favorite Wilfredo Gomez, who sported an undefeated record with a perfect KO percentage. It was one of the most eagerly-anticipated featherweight title fights in history. Sanchez uncharacteristically floored Gomez in the very first round with a left hook, and Gomez never really recovered. He was as game and brave as they come, constantly coming forward and trying to regain the momentum but it never lasted for more than a round, as Sanchez picked apart the Puerto Rican as he marched forward into the breach. It's my belief that Sanchez allowed Gomez to unload and allowed himself to be hit perhaps more than he normally might because he knew he's hurt Gomez early and wanted to capitalize on his early advantage, while also realizing that Gomez couldn't hurt him. It made for a lot of great exchanges, with Sanchez as often as not fighting off the ropes, content to systematically weaken his opponent as Gomez hoped against all hope, firing away as best he could to take the play away. In the eighth, a savage exchange of hooks to the body backed Gomez into the ropes, where Sanchez measured him with an extended left before bringing a whistling right in behind it, leaving the challenger helpless on the ropes. The follow-up flurry left him sliding downward to the canvas, and while he bravely rose and complained at Carlos Padilla's stoppage, it was the only call. He had been comprehensively beaten. A truly great fight worthy of its own thread.