Former Featherweight Champion Eusebio Pedroza Passes Away

Eusebio Pedroza, the man who owns the record for most featherweight world title defenses, has passed away at the age of 62.

According to an official statement from the WBA, Pedroza initially was confined in the hospital struggling with pancreatic cancer, but was later sent home where he continued to fight until early this morning.

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Pedroza started his pro career in 1973 where he would win all but three of his fights through 1977 and even challenged for a bantamweight title in that span. Pedroza moved down to featherweight where he would stop Cecilio Lastra in 1978 to win the WBA featherweight title. 

After winning the WBA title, Pedroza would go on to successfully defend his title fighting often and all over the world. Pedroza won his title in Panama and traveled to places such as the United States, South Korea, Italy, Puerto Rico and even Papua New Guinea to defend his titles. Pedroza lost his title to Barry McGuigan in England in front of roughly 26,000 attendees in 1985. After that loss, Pedroza would fight five more times before he officially retired for good in 1992.

The Panama native retired with a 41-6-1 record with 25 of those wins coming from inside the distance. During his reign, Pedroza successfully defended the featherweight world title 19 times, more than any other featherweight champion in history.

Several members of the boxing community took to Twitter to express their condolences over the death of one of boxing's greatest featherweight champions.

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