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On July 21,1982 at Madison Square Garden in New York world featherweight champion Salvador Sanchez met Azumah Nelson for the Featherweight Title. Sanchez won the bout by TKO in the 15th round. In a very entertaining fight with both fighters landing plenty of leather, Azumah Nelson puts on a very unexpected, entertaining slugfest. It is a war from the start with both fighters fighting at range but letting their fists fly. Nelson is hurt repeatedly with left hooks to the head, but Nelson is landing more round by round. At about 20 seconds into round 7, Sanchez momentarily broke through Nelson's rampage when, in ring center, a cleanly landed left hook caused the challenger to stumble backwards near the ropes. 10 seconds later, in the follow up barrage, Sanchez dropped Nelson with another clean, crushing left hook. Shortly after finishing Nelson's mandatory 8 count successfully returned to the way he was fighting before the knockdown. It was virtually a phone booth fight from there on with both fighters landing plenty of hard shots. With both fighters tired going into the 15th round, Sanchez comes out with his (like) 5th wind and hurts Nelson badly with a hard right and another devestating left hook and Nelson staggers badly just before falling into a corner. Nelson rises, still hurt, and Sanchez seizes the opportunity. He goes right after him, lands a couple more serious blows and Nelson staggers more just before the referee jumps in to call a halt at the 1:47 mark of the fifteenth and final round. Sanchez showed his greatness by stopping a young and aggressive Azumah Nelson, even though Sanchez was going to win on the scorecards. Sanchez dies shortly after this fight in an automobile accident on August 12th, 1982. In his career, he beat two future Hall-of-Famers: Wilfredo Gomez, and Azumah Nelson. He took on great opposition in beating Danny Lopez (twice), Juan Laporte (who gave Julio Cesar Chavez many problems), Ruben Castillo, Patrick Ford, and Roberto Castanon. He was a great fighter, an even better champion, and a very devestating puncher. It is good to remember Salvador "Chava" Sanchez for what he did do, even if he could've done a lot more. Post fight comments:-"He was a very strong fighter with a lot of heart. He came to take my title. I wanted to finish him off earlier but he was too strong." -Salvador Sanchez "If Azumah had had a few more fights he would have won. Next time you'll see a different Azumah Nelson." -John Kermah, Nelson's manager "He's (Sanchez) already signed to fight Arguello. Arguello has also signed but he's doing what he always does, reneging on contracts." -Promoter Don King, on a proposed Arguello v Sanchez jr. lightweight title bout. Presented here is an original, first generation photograph which depicts Nelson down during this fight.
This is an original, first generation photograph which is labeled on back. Bold, clear image. Print marks on outer border, otherwise clean. Not creased or torn. 5" x 8."

Size: 5 x 8

Condition: excellent