Monday, January 28, 2013

Willie Pastrano -vs- Terry Downes

Willie Pastrano vs Terry Downes
Light Heavyweight Championship
King's Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester, Lancashire, UK
November 30, 1964

Thanks to a fellow collector for requesting this rare footage featuring the great Light Heavyweight Champion (1963-65) Willie Pastrano.  Trained by Angelo Dundee, at his best Pastrano resembled both Muhammad Ali and Willie Pep.  He was a glamorous, fast, resourceful and defensive boxer, who made up for his lack of KO power with constant movement.  Here is the original BBC broadcast of Pastrano’s title defense against former Commonwealth (British Empire) middleweight champion, Terry Downes.

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