Re: Antonio Cervantes 'Went in the Tank versus Wilfred Benetiz'
Antonio Cervantes had received a fight purse of $75,000 versus #1 WBA Challenger -Esteban De Jesus,
when 'Kid Pambele' defended his WBA Light-Welterweight Championship on May 17, 1975 at Gimnasio Nuevo, Panama.
That fight, which was held on Saturday Night, was broadcast (tape delay) by TV Sports Championship
the following day (Sunday - May 18, 1975).
4-months later -
Antono Cervantes next fight, was a 'non-title' 10-Round bout versus Japans's Kiyoshi 'Batttlehawk' Kazama on
Saturday Night, September 20, 1975 - at the Nuevo Circo de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela.
'Kid Pambele' was supposed to defend his WBA Light-Welterweight Championship versus the #10 WBA-ranked
'Battlehawk' Kazama 7-0-2 (2 KO's) on the undercard of the Alfredo Escalara (Puerto Rico) vs Leonel Hernandez (Venezuela)
WBA Super-Featherweight Championship. But, 'Kid Pambele' could not make weight, as he came in 3 lbs. above
the 140 lb. 'weight limit', and the bout was changed to a 'non-title' affair.
In front of 12,000 Venezuelan boxing fans, 'Kid Pambele' stopped (TKO 6) 'Battlehawk' Kazama in a one-sided
Antonio 'Kid Pambele' Cervantes received a fight purse of $25,000 for the 'non-title bout', instead of the $50,000
he was supposed to get for defending his WBA Championship.
Last edited by Senor Pepe'; 10-03-2012 at 07:14 PM.