Barry McGuigan Pays Tribute to Eusebio Pedroza

Barry McGuigan has paid tribute to Eusebio Pedroza, the boxer McGuigan beat to become world featherweight champion in 1985, who died aged 62.

The WBA announced the death of its former champion, saying the Panamanian had been hospitalised as he battled pancreatic cancer.

Pedroza made a record 19 successful defences of his WBA featherweight crown between 1978 and 1985, when he was dethroned by the Clones Cyclone Barry McGuigan.

McGuigan wrote on Twitter: “A sad day for me as my rival and outstanding World Featherweight Champion Eusebio Pedroza passes away aged 62 RIP.

“Pedroza is one of the longest reigning Featherweight Champion in history, it was a pleasure to share the ring with him.”

A statement on the governing body’s official website said: “The World Boxing Association, its president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, and all of its executive committee lament the death of former Panamanian world champion Eusebio ‘El Alacran’ Pedroza.

“Pedroza died at 62 years of age. Initially he was confined in the hospital struggling with pancreatic cancer, but later he was sent home where he continued to fight until the final bell rang early this morning on the first of March.

“The WBA sends its most sincere words and condolences to the family and friends of the Panamanian legend, who was a worthy world champion and above all a great human being.”