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Old 04-21-2012, 02:29 PM   #11
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Default Re: Angel 'Cholo' Espada vs. Jose 'Pipino' Cuevas

Jose 'Pipino' Cuevas vs Angel 'Cholo' Espada III

The 'skinny' before this December 1979 fight at Sports Arena in Los Angeles, was that
'Pipino' (3-weeks shy of 22) was starting to show signs of fading, and
he was getting hit by too many punches.

Boxing insiders were saying that he was a 'sucker' for right hand punches over the top,
and that he was relying on his 'granite chin' way too much. This was evident in
his hair-line and controversial 15-Round Decision win over #7 Randy Shields in July 1979.

'Pipino' was out prove everyone wrong, and he was an 'animal' in the sparring session
work-outs at the Main Street Gym in Los Angeles leading up to the fight. This lead some
on the California Boxing Commission to think about preventing the 'shopworn'
Angel Espada from entering the ring against Pipino Cuevas, in fear that he may get
seroiusly hurt.

Angel 'Cholo' Espada (3-months shy of 32), had been minimally active in the last '2' years,
and the rumors were floating about, that he was on 'shaky pins' during active
sparring sessions. Despite his 'limited activity', the WBA Championship Committee
had him ranked #8, without Angel defeating a Top 10 fighter in the last '2' years.

The early betting line had Pipino Cuevas as a 10-1 Favorite. The general assumption by the
'boxing pundits', is that 'Cholo' Espada will be 'lucky' to make it to the 6th-Round.
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On the undercard of this WBA Championship bout, Californian Randy Shields 34-6-1 (18 KO's),
now the #4 WBA-ranked Welterweight, was taking on Maurcio Aladana 11-5-0 (5 KO's) in a
10-Round over-the-limit (150 lb.) Welterweight bout.

Randy Shields had wanted an immediate rematch with Pipino Cuevas, but the WBA sanctioned a
non-mandatory defense for Pipino, versus anyone of his choosing in the WBA Top 10.
Pipino's manager, Lupe Sanchez took the easiest opponent, the 'shopworn' Angel Espada.

Randy Shields was 'promised' a Championship Bout for March 1980 by the WBA. As a
'charitable token' Randy was put on the fight card as the 'featured undercard bout,
with him receiving a 'gift' fight purse of $28,000 to take on a Mexican-born, California-based,
Las Vegas 'club-fighter' Mauricio Aldana.

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