Re: Antonio Cervantes 'Went in the Tank versus Wilfred Benetiz'
Behind the Scenes....
In early-January 1976,
Gregorio 'Papa' Benitez signed a deal with Teddy Brenner of Madison Square Garden
to bring his son Wilfred Benitez to New York, to battle #8 Welterweight - Harold Weston Jr.
on Friday Night - February 6, 1976.
Wilfred, and who was competing in the Welterweight Division, and fighting at a weight
between 146 lbs. and 150 lbs., agree to a 147 lb. weight limit versus Harold Weston.
The fight purse is agreed upon, for $10,000.
But.........in mid-January 1976
An 'opening' develops with the WBA Light-Welterweight Champion - Antonio Cervantes and
his Manager - Ramiro Machado, as the 'two' are looking for a 'bigger cash pay-off for a fight dump'.
Gregorio 'Papa' Benitez, with financial backing from friends (Pepito Cordero, owner of Salinas Sports
Promotions) and former Governor of Puerto Rico, Rafael Hernandez Colon - put together an offer
of $200,000 for the WBA Light-Welterweight Champion, and within moments a 'deal is struck'.
Last edited by Senor Pepe'; 10-05-2012 at 10:02 AM.