This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History – Hector Camacho vs. Vinny Pazienza

Written by Rob Scott

The Camacho vs. Pazienza Grudge Match

Atlantic City — February 3, 1990 — On this day, Kathy Duva’s Main Events Inc., along with Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, brought us “Put Up Or Shut Up” – Hector “Macho Man” Camacho vs. Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza for the WBO World Jr. Welterweight Championship.

Atlantic City’s old Convention Center played host to this grudge match, which turned out to be a very good fight.

The Current and Former Champions Battle It Out

The three-time world champion, Camacho, who sported a 38-0 (17KOs) record at the time, was making the first defense of his WBO 140lb crown. Pazienza, a former IBF world lightweight champion himself, came into the ring on this night with a record of 28-3 (23KOs).

Camacho vs. Paz

Tempers and tensions flared as both fighters came in determined to get the win on this night, but it was Camacho who showed poise and fluidity, counter punching and outboxing the aggressive Pazienza over the long haul.

Multiple cuts to Pazienza’s face, particularly a gash over his left eye in the tenth, helped hampered his performance, causing frustration and an eventual eleventh round point deduction from the referee, Tony Perez.

Let the Best Boxer Win

Camacho walked away with the twelve round unanimous decision win by scores of 116-117, 112-115 and 109-119.

Also on the card, Pernell “SweetPea” Whitaker successfully defended his IBF/WBC Lightweight titles with a twelve round unanimous decision over Freddie Pendleton. The Norfolk, Va native won by scores of 116-112 twice and 117-113.

Michael Moorer successfully made the seventh defense of his WBO Light heavyweight championship when he stopped Marcellus Allen after the ninth round. Marcellus never answered the bell for the tenth round.

Another Fight Night in the AC Books

All-in-all it was a great night of fights and a great addition to the Atlantic City record books.

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