NO. 6 LUPE PINTOR
Record: 56-14-2 (42 KOs)
Background: Pintor’s memorable title reign did not begin with much fanfare. That’s because the Mexico City-based boxer-puncher won the WBC title with an unpopular 15-round split decision over his legendary managerial stablemate Zarate (54-1 at the time) in 1979.
However, the quiet but affable beltholder gradually won over fans and gained strong followings in L.A. and in Mexico during his three-year reign, which included eight title defenses against many capable top-10 contenders of the time.
Pintor’s most notable title defenses are a 15-round majority decision over skilled future titleholder Alberto Davila and a tragic 12th-round stoppage of Jimmy Owen, the gutsy Welsh contender who never regained consciousness and died two months later. Both bouts took place in 1980.
He vacated the WBC title after an 11th-round stoppage of future 122-pound belt holder Seung-Hoon Lee in 1982 to campaign at junior featherweight where he lost an all-time great slugfest to hall of famer Wilfredo Gomez in ’82 and won a belt against Juan Meza in ‘85.
“Pintor was a good all-around fighter, a good puncher and a good boxer,” Caplan said. “I had fun times working his televised fights in L.A., Las Vegas, Houston, and in Phoenix. He fought when Saturday afternoon bouts were on network TV.”
Pintor retired in 1995.