Re: Antonio Cervantes 'Went in the Tank versus Wilfred Benetiz'
Before Antonio Cervamtes and Ramiro Machado 'cut a deal' with Gregorio Benitez,
'Kid Pambele' was offered a contract to go to Jakarta, Indonesia to defend his
WBA Light-Welterweight Championshiop versus Indonesian - Wongso Suseno -the
OPBF Light-Welterweight Champion and #9 WBA-ranked Challenger.
The original offer was a 'mere pittance' of a $40,000 fight purse, plus $5000 in expenses,
for a March 1976 fight date. Antonio Cervantes politely declined, and countered with
a $150,000 (minimum), which was not met with a respectable counter-offer.
The 'word' going around - was that Antonio Cervantes wanted to retire, since his proposed
bout with Roberto Duran was 'up-in-smoke', and that for the right price, he was willing to
travel to the 'any' Challenger's country, and 'dump the title' in the lap of whomever wanted it,
for the 'right' price.
Enter Gregorio Benitez.