September 20, 1975...... vs. #10 'Battlehawk' Kazama (Nuevo Circo, Venezuela)
($25,000).... Antonio Cervantes fights a 'non-title' bout with Japan's Battlehawk Kazama,
a fighter with a record of 7-0-2 (2 KO's).
This bout was supposed to be a WBA Light-Welterweight Championship bout, but was
changed to a 'non-title' affair when 'Kid Pambele' could not make weight, and came in at 143+ lbs.
By Antonio Cervantes own addmission, he did not train at all for this bout, except for some light
workouts over the last 2-weeks.
The Venezuelan promoters dropped his original fight purse of $50,000 for this 'so-called' easy title
defense, to $25,000 for the 'non-title bout'.
The 'pre-fight' agreement was, that if the #10 WBA-ranked 'Battlehawk' Kazama defeated 'Kid Pambele',
the WBA Light-Welterweight Title would be become 'vacant'.
The winner of this bout, was contractually obligated to fight the #1 WBA Challenger -
Australian - Hector Thompson within 60-Days.
Antonio Cervantes is completely dominating, as he floors an over-matched
'Battlehawk' Kazama in Round 4, and then finishes him in Round 6, for a
stoppage (KO 6) victory
This bout is held on the undercard of the WBC Super-Featherweight Championship between Champion
- Alfredo Escalera and Venezuelan - Leonel Hernandez.
Nuevo Circo de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela