Antonio 'Kid Pambele' Cervantes stated in the Venezuelan Press;
I have been boxing for 15-years, and I'm thinking about retiring. I have
moved to Venezuela, because of the violence in my country (Colombia).
I have defeated everyone, including 'two' #1 Challengers this year
(Esteban De Jesus in May 1975) and (Hector Thompson in November 1975).
The only bout out there is between me and Roberto Duran for my Light-Welterweight
Crown. I hope we can do this within 6-months, otherwise I will retire.
Ramiro Machado (Kid Pambele's Manager), 'I have talkd to Roberto Duran's Manager
Carlos Eleta, and he said that Roberto plans to stay at Lightweight for at least
one more year and maybe into 1977. He also just signed a 3-Bout contract with
Don King, and he has to fulfill that contract first, before he fights Antonio. That tells
me that they don't want to fight Antonio.'