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Downes KO's Pender, Wins Middleweight Title

July 11, 1961 - Terry Downes (right) won the world middleweight title from Paul Pender (left) by a technical knockout in London tonight when a bad cut over the left eye forced the defender to retire at the end of the ninth round. The finish came suddenly. Pender's seconds seemed to be preparing him for the 10th round when Al Lacey, his chief second, called over the referee and told him the champion could not continue. Downes, the 25-year-old Londoner and new champion, jumped for joy. The outcome was a reversal of the verdict that ended the battle between the two men in Boston last Jan. 14. Then, the referee stopped the fight in the seventh round when Downes' vision and breathing were impaired by blood streaming from cuts over his nose and eye.


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