Salvador Sanchez stopped Azumah Nelson in Round 15 to retain his WBC featherweight title July 21, 1982 (This Day In Boxing History)

This Day in Boxing, July 21, 1982 – Salvador Sanchez stopped Azumah Nelson in Round 15 to retain his WBC featherweight title at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Nelson, who had just 13 pro bouts at the time, took the fight on short notice after Mario Miranda pulled out with an injury. Sanchez, who was making his ninth title defense, dropped the future two-division champion in Round 7 and again in the 15th before referee Tony Perez jumped in to stop the fight. Sanchez died three weeks later in an automobile accident in Querétaro, Mexico.

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