Originally Posted by scartissue
I recall reading a story at the time, a story supported by Andy Price who remembered hearing the same story when I brought it up to him, that Espada and his manager, Yamil Chade, were at ringside for Price-Cuevas and after the fight Espada saying to Chade, "Him, i want to fight him next." And Chade replying, "Oh, you want to fight Andy Price?" And Espada curiously saying, "No, I want to fight Cuevas."
Yamil Chade and Angel Espada had signed a 'big money' 4-bout contract
for $500,000 with Mexican Boxing Promoter, Rafael Mendoza in March of 1976.
After the proposed bout with Jose Napoles fell through 'twice', the
promoter scrambled to save the July 17, 1976 fight date.
Pipino Cuevas was 'the right fighter, at the right place and at the right time';
A 'popular' Mexican, available, cheap fight purse, with limited skills, and not too much of a risk'.
I don't think it was as much as that Angel Espada wanted to fight Jose 'Pipino' Cuevas,
but more of that they didn't think 'Pipino' was that much of a risk, as he didn't show
much in getting out-boxed by Andy Price 6-weeks earlier.
Remember 'Pipino' Cuevas was a replacement fighter, and the bout still had to sanctioned by
the WBA $$$$.
Angel Espada was supposed to get $200,000 to defend against Jose Napoles. The bout with 'Pipino'
was an easy $85,000 pay-day, or so Angel Espada thought.