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Eusebio Pedroza

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  • Nickname: El Alacran
  • Date of Birth: 2nd March 1956
  • Died: 1st March 2019 (62 years old)
  • Career length: 18 years 11 months
  • Status: Deceased
  • Nationality: Panama Flag Panama
  • Birthplace: Panama City, Panama Flag Panama City, Panama
  • Residence: Panama City, Panama Flag Panama City, Panama
  • Division: Featherweight
  • Height: 173cm
  • Reach: 174cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: Eusebio Pedroza
  • Debut: 1st December 1973


Eusebio Pedroza was a Panamanian pugilist who left an indelible mark on the featherweight division. Born on March 2, 1956, Pedroza's journey in the squared circle began on December 1, 1973, when he knocked out Julio Garcia in just four rounds. Little did anyone know that this victory would be the first of many in a career spanning nearly two decades.

Pedroza's early years in the sport were spent honing his craft in his native Panama, where he amassed an impressive record of 14-1. His sole defeat during this period came at the hands of Alfonso Pérez, who stopped him in three rounds. Undeterred by this setback, Pedroza continued to fight and improve, even scoring a victory over Jacinto Fuentes, a boxer who would later hold his own against the legendary Wilfredo Gómez.

In March 1976, Pedroza ventured outside of Panama for the first time, travelling to Mexicali, Mexico, to challenge WBA world bantamweight champion, Alfonso Zamora. Despite his best efforts, Pedroza was knocked out in two rounds, suffering his second professional defeat. However, this loss only served to fuel his determination to reach the pinnacle of the sport.

Pedroza returned to Panama and reeled off three consecutive victories before facing Cecilio Lastra of Spain for the WBA featherweight title on April 18, 1978. Pedroza emerged victorious in a gruelling battle that lasted 13 rounds, knocking out Lastra to become the new champion.

Over the next seven years, Pedroza would embark on a remarkable title reign, defending his belt 18 times against a who's who of featherweight contenders. He travelled the globe, showcasing his skills in Puerto Rico, Japan, South Korea, Papua New Guinea, Italy, Venezuela, and the United States.

Among the notable names Pedroza faced during his title reign were former world champions Royal Kobayashi, Rubén Olivares, and Jorge Lujan, as well as future world champion Rocky Lockridge. Pedroza's battles with Lockridge, in particular, were memorable, with the two men going the distance in both New Jersey and Italy, with Pedroza winning by decision on both occasions.

Pedroza's title reign was not without its challenges, however. He was forced to settle for a draw against Bernard Taylor in North Carolina, and there was much talk of a potential unification bout with WBC and lineal featherweight champion Salvador Sanchez. Tragically, Sanchez passed away in an automobile accident in 1982, dashing any hopes of the two champions meeting in the ring.

Despite this setback, Pedroza continued to dominate the featherweight division, cementing his status as one of the greatest champions in boxing history. His reign finally ended on June 8, 1985, when he was defeated by Ireland's Barry McGuigan in a 15-round decision in London.

Pedroza attempted several comebacks between 1986 and 1992, going 3-2. He ultimately retired with a record of 42 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw, and 1 no-contest, with 25 of his victories coming by way of knockout. His accomplishments in the ring earned him induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, a fitting tribute to a man who dedicated his life to the sport.

Perhaps the greatest testament to Pedroza's impact on boxing came from Mike Tyson, who cited Pedroza's fights as a source of inspiration during his own rise to prominence. Pedroza's legacy continues to inspire future generations of boxers, serving as a reminder of the dedication, skill, and heart required to reach the top of the sport.

Eusebio Pedroza passed away on March 1, 2019, just one day before his 63rd birthday. His contributions to boxing, both in and out of the ring, will never be forgotten. He was a true champion in every sense of the word, and his place in the annals of boxing history is secure.