Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Jester, May 5, 2021.
Who wins over 15 rounds at featherweight?
I just see at some point Arguello catching him and stopping him.
Think Eusebio hasn't ever faced someone who hits as hard as Alexis.
And Alexis throws straight powerful punches and great body shots.
Well he did face Alfonso Zamora, who is a devastating puncher, when he got KO’d in round 2. Although that fight took place at bantamweight.
As for Pedroza against Arguello @ featherweight I can see Pedroza causing lots of problems for Arguello early on but Arguello mounts back and stops Pedroza in the late rounds with hard accurate shots.
I've got AA in this one.
A barn burner! Let's not sell Pedroza short , Arguello would need to be on his A+A game for this one.
If slick fighters like Fernandez and Marcel give Arguello hell, and actually out-point him, it's no big reach to think one of the slickest in history, at feather, Pedroza could beat him prime vs prime.
Pedroza doesn't get the respect he deserves, in his prime he was a maestro, and he played opponents at will, confusing them with dynamic hand and foot speed, exceptional balance and timing, with a mean streak, he always knew were the ref was, if the ref was on the left side, he'd foul his opponents on the right, I actually loved to watch him simply to see what he gets away with!
My heart says Arguello should win this one , his jab, and complete arsenal of perfectly thrown power punches, his dynamic body punches , his overall skill level says Arguello should win.
But my brain, knowing how slick fighters with great movement troubled Arguello, even in his prime can't help but think Pedroza, with his great defense, fast feet, and combination punches surprises Arguello and the world and wins a UD.
He did and was kayoed by Alfonso Zamora, round 2.
Hey Neighbor, Eusebio Pedroza did have skill, good movement but his opponents and his title was not really recognized like WBC Champion Salvador Sanchez, who won his title by beating a very dangerous fisted fighter, Danny Little Red Lopez in Phoenix, Arizona, Feb 2 1980, TKO 13, never fought Wilfredo Gomez at his peak. Pedroza though talented reminded me of a WWE wrestler, fouled his opponents a lot when the referee was not looking. I will acknowledge one thing though, he always defensed his belt in the other guys back yard. He was never invited to Madison Square Garden to fight like Salvador was against Azumah Nelson.
And see that's why I have a hard time getting into him- he fouled ALOT.
I remember the first tape I got of him was vs Lockridge 1. I was excited to see it.
Then as I watched at the end I thought Rocky beat him.
Then I watched the Laporte fight and Eusebio should have been Disqualified.
Salvador Sanchez was more disciplined, his title bouts were more anticipated events, he had much better competition, and fought his challengers when they were at their peak, not shop worn. He had a better chin, decked but not knocked out early in his career against Juan Escobar in 1978. He would have gone onto greater heights had he lived. As with any champions, he had his difficult bouts but he was so skilled in the ring.
Alexis Arguello was a good WBA champion at 126 lbs, he won his title by virtue of a TKO 13 of Ruben Olivares on Nov 23 1974. He was not as active in that division as Eusebio Pedroza was, he moved into higher weight classes, with success except for 140 lbs, which was occupied by a very talented fighter in Aaron Pryor, who defeated Alexis twice. Movement is Arguello's Achilles heel, as seen at lightweight against Vilomar Fernandez in a non title fight. Eusebio will give a good account of himself with movement and his quickness. But after a very frustrating affair, The Explosive Thin Man catches Pedroza with a hard precision like right hand in round 14, and Eusebio crashes to the canvas, and is counted out.