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Old 10-05-2012, 08:48 AM   #52
Senor Pepe'
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Default 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'.

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