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Old 10-08-2012, 10:53 AM   #2
Senor Pepe'
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Default Re: Wilfred Benitez 'Comback 1980'

Double N,

'Irish' Johnny Turner was out of Brooklyn, New York and fought out of the Sweeny Center
Boxing Group as an amateur.

In the 1973 New York Golden Gloves, Johnny was the 'Runner-Up' at Lightweight (135 lbs.).

In May 1973, at the North American Amateur Championships, Johnny fought at the 63.5 Kg (139 lb.) division.
In the 'semi-finals' he defeated Wilfred Benitez by a 'decision'. - Johnny went on to win the 139 lb. Championship.

Wilfred, who was only 14 1/2, had won the 1973 Puerto Rican Golden Gloves (February 1973) Championship at 135 lbs.
before moving up to the {63.5 Kg) Light-Welterweight ranks.

These two were 'originally' scheduled to fight at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 1978. But '3-days' before the bout,
'Papa' Benitez pulled Wilfred, and installed older brother Frankie as a replacement.

Johnny Turner won by a 'knockout' {KO 8}. Then Madison Square Garden set-up Johnny to face Wilfred on June 22, 1978
- but again 'Papa' Benitez pulled Wilfred out of the bout.

A year later -

Madison Square Garden had set-up a date in August 1979, for Wilfred to defend his WBA Light-Welterweight Championship
versus Johnny Turner, who at the time was the #8 Welterweight with a record of 31-2-1 (24 KO's), but again Wilfred was
'pulled out' of that bout.

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