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Old 09-24-2012, 09:18 AM   #5
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Default Re: Antonio Cervantes 'Went in the Tank versus Wilfred Benetiz'

March 1976

Associated Press,

Antonio 'Kid Pambele' Cervantes, the WBA Light-Welterweight Champion stated that
'He was ready to retire.' A suprising statement from the 30 year-old Colombian, since
he has fought extremely well in 1975, and had never looked better.

Cervantes is fighting in Puerto Rico on March 6, 1976 - and will be defending his WBA
Light-Welterweight Championship an '11th' time. His opponent a 17 year-old kid named
Wilfred Benetiz, a popular teenage Puerto Rican in his home-country. The Champion
is a heavy favorite at (4-1 Betting-odds) to retain his Championship in San Juan.

Antonio known as 'Kid Pambele', has expressed frutration at not being able to secure
a bout with 'Panamanian Sensation' - WBA Lightweight Champion - Roberto Duran.

Kid Pambele. 'I wanted to have one more big fight before I retire. Duran has done
everything to avoid challenging me. His manager said that he wants to stay at 135 lbs.
for another 2-years, and then maybe move up to Light-Welterweight in 1978. That sounds
like he doesn't want to fight me.'

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