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Old 10-07-2012, 04:25 PM   #68
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Default Re: Antonio Cervantes 'Went in the Tank versus Wilfred Benetiz'

Saturday Night - October 16, 1976

Antonio 'Kid Pambele' Cervantes watches the 'Boy Wonder' Wilfred Benitez destroy Tony Petronelli by KO 3.

Wilfred Benitez, the 18 year-old 'Boy Wonder' successfully defended his WBA Light-Welterweight Championship
for the '2nd-time' by scoring a devastating knockout at 0:53 of Round 3.

The Champion staggered the New England Light-Welterweight near the end of Round 2 with a blistering right
hand to the chin. Petronelli, who was in bad shape during the last seconds of the round, barely managed to
stay upright, until being 'saved by the bell'.

Immediately in Round 3, Benitez went after the still dazed Petronelli, and staggered him again with a left hook
and right hand, and then driving him back toward the ropes. There, the Champion unleashed a flurry of lefts
and rights, and capped it off by landing a hard left-right, that dropped Petronelli flat on his back.

Tony got up at the 4-Count, and after the fighting resumed, Benitez unloaded with quick barrage that had
Petronelli hanging over the ropes, when the Referee jumped in and stopped the bout at 0:53 of Round 3.

The 26 year-old Tony Petronelli, who was the #9 WBA Challenger, had entered the ring with a fine record of
35-1-0 (22 KO's), and was the reigning NABF Light-Welterweight Champion. The 5' 7" New England fighter
had a reputation as a good infighting boxer, who was willing to slug it out with his opponents.

Wilfred Benitez improves his record to 28-0-0 (21 KO's). He is next scheduled to meet former Champion
Antonio 'Kid Pamble' Cervantes on December 6, 1976 and in Venezuela.

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