Re: Antonio Cervantes 'Went in the Tank versus Wilfred Benetiz'
Antonio 'Kid Pambele' Cervantes
Listed Fight Purses - (1971 thru 1973)
December 11, 1971.... vs. * Nicolino Locche (at Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
($7500)......#1 WBA-ranked Antonio Cervantes loses a 15-Round Decision to the WBA Champion -Nicolino Locche
October 28, 1972...... vs. * Alfonso Frazer (in Panama City, Panama).........
($9000)......#1 WBA-ranked - Antonio Cervantes wins (KO 10) the WBA Championship over Alfonso Frazer in his home-country.
February 15, 1973.... vs. #8 Josue Marquez (in San Juan, Puerto Rico)
($50,000).... WBA Light-Welterweight Champion - Antonio Cervantes makes his 'first defense' by defeating (W Split Decision 15)
over #8 WBA-ranked - Josue Marquez in Puerto Rico.
March 17, 1973....... vs. #1 Nicolino Locche (in Maracay, Venezuela)
($50,000).... Antonio Cervantes makes his '2nd-Defense', by stopping (TKO 10) the former Champion from Argentina, in a
rematch from Cervantes unsuccessful attempt in December 1971.
April 28, 1973......... vs. Benny Huertas (in Cali Colombia)
($20,000).... Antonio Cervantes fights for the 'first-time' as WBA Champion in his home country. Cervantes stops (KO 1)
Benny Huertas (of Puerto Rico) in a non-title bout.
May 19, 1973........... vs. #5 Alfonso Frazer (in Panama City, Panama)
($60,000).... Antonio Cervantes makes his '3rd-Defense', by stopping (KO 5) former Champion - Alfonso Frazer, in a rematch,
and again in Panama City.
July 20, 1973........... vs. Ray Mercado (Barranquilla, Colombia)
(17,500)..... Antonio Cervantes defeats (TKO 5) Ray Mercado (of Puerto Rico) in a non-title bout.
September 8, 1973.... vs. #1 Carlos Maria Giminez (in Bali, Columbia)............
($60,000).... Antonio Cervantes makes his '4th-Defense', by stopping (TKO 5) #1 Carlos Maria Giminez of
December 5, 1973..... vs. #10 Lion Furuyama (in Panama City, Panama)
($60,000).... Antonio Cervantes makes his '5th-Defense', by defeating (W Unanimous Decision 15) over the
#10 WBA-ranked and Japanese Light-Welterweight Champion - Lion Furuyama.
December 8, 1973..... Antonio Cervantes at a press conference -
'The Japanese fighter (Lion Furuyma) was very strong. The strongest fighter I have ever faced. And his
'southpaw stance' gave me some difficulty. I did take him lightly, but I have no excuses, as he was
a very good challenger. I thought I won 10 of the rounds, and Furuyama won 5, and the 'judges' agreed
by giving me the Decision by 8, 8 and 6 points.'
'I have a bout with the #2 WBA Challenger, Chang-Kil Lee (South Korea) in Cartagena, Colombia in March 1974,
and after that, I would like to fight Ken Buchanan.'
Last edited by Senor Pepe'; 10-01-2012 at 04:23 PM.