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    CANASTOTA, NY - MARCH 1, 2019 -  The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of featherweight champion Eusebio Pedroza, who passed away today. He was 65.

“Eusebio Pedroza authored one of the most impressive title reigns in boxing history and brought tremendous pride to his home country of Panama,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame offers our condolences to his family and joins the boxing world in mourning his passing.”

Tall for a 126-pound boxer, the 5’9” Pedroza was born in Panama City, Panama and turned pro in 1973. “The Scorpion” captured the WBA featherweight title in 1978 and held onto the crown for seven years and two months, including a division-record 19 successful title defenses in one of the most impressive reigns in division history. He lost the title to Hall of Famer Barry McGuigan via 15-round decision in 1985. During his career he scored wins over Royal Kobashi (KO 13), Jorge Lujan (W 15), Rocky Lockridge (W 15, W 15), Juan Laporte (W 15) and Hall of Famer Ruben Olivares (TKO 12) while compiling a 41-6-1 (26 KOs) record.

In 1999, Pedroza was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

1999 Hall of Fame Inductee Eusebio Pedroza
Below please find photos from Pedroza's visit to Canastota. Click on thumbnail to see image:
The Class of 1999 (left to right) – Irving Rudd, Khaosai Galaxy, Bob Arum, Mickey Duff, Pedroza and Jimmy BivinsAlexis Arguello and Pedroza chat during the 1999 HOF WeekendPedroza waves to the crowd at the 1999 Banquet of ChampionsPedroza holds up his Hall of Fame ring at the 1999 Induction CeremonyHall of Fame manager Mickey Duff and Pedroza pose for a photo in CanastotaPedroza enjoys the 1999 Parade of Champions through the streets of Canastota