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Old 10-08-2012, 09:44 AM   #1
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Default Wilfred Benitez 'Comback 1980'

Following the exciting bout with Ray Leonard in November 1979, in which Wilfred lost his
WBC Welterweight Championship, but received a $1,200,000 fight purse -

Managers Jimmy Jacobs and Bill Cayton got 'El Radar' back into the ring fairly quickly.

March 16, 1980 (Miami, Florida)

The still young 21 1/2 year-old Wilfred, now with 'one-loss' on his 38-1-1 record, needed to impress.
He was now the #2 WBC Welterweight.

Over his last '7-bouts' Wilfred had gone 6-1-0, but had only scored '1-knockout'. The boxing pundits
appreciated his tremendous ring skills, but his punching power was suspect.

His first opponent for the '1980 Comeback Tour' was New York Welterweight, 'Irish' Johnny Turner. The
26 year-old Turner was no stranger to Wilfred, as Johnny had defeated Wilfred in a 1973 Amateur
Tournament, and had also knocked-out Wilfred's older brother Frankie by {KO 8} in May 1978.

Johnny Turner ranked as the #12 Welterweight, had a record of 34-3-1 (26 KO's), and carried good
right hand power, in his 5' 11" frame. Turner had been a little 'chirpy' before this bout, claiming that
'El Radar' had avoided him since 1978, and that Wilfred 'pulled-out' of '3' scheduled bouts with him.

Johnny Turner, 'I was supposed to fight Wilfred in May 1978 at Madison Square Garden, but Wilfred
'chickened out' and they sent his brother Frankie in to fight for him. So I made Frankie pay for that,
and I beat him up, and knocked him out {KO 8}. I already beat Wilfred back in 1973 (Amateur Meet),
and I'll do it again.'

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