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Old 05-27-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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Default Antonio Cervantes - Saensak Muangsurin 'Comparison'

Can it be done, with fairness.

Both were accomplished, and excellent fighters.

One, a boxer-puncher with an orthodox-style.

The other, a calculating puncher, with a southpaw-style.

Let's hear the pro's and con's.
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Antonio Cervantes (Afro-Columbian)

Turned Professional (January 31, 1964) at Age 18

Competed at 126 lbs. Featherweight

Fought exclusively in Columbia.

Went undefeated in his first '20-bouts', going 19-0-1 (5 KO's).

Listed as a tall and lanky 'pure boxer' in the 1965 Columbia Boxeo Guide.

In late 1966, loses 'twice' to Columbian Featherweight, Cipriano 'Barbulito' Zuluaga 18-4-0 (7 KO's) by Decision.

Finishes out 1966, with a record of 21-2-1 (6 KO's)

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Antonio Cervantes is 'very busy' in 1967, by having '17-Bouts'.

During that span, the 21 year-old Cervantes goes 12-3-2 (4 KO's) in his 1967 run.

Several bouts with 'common foes' gives Cervantes valuable experience.
Antonio Yi
Eliodoro Pitalua
Jose Godoy
Victor Cano
Reynaldo Lopez

On July 14, 1967, in his 'first bout' outside of Columbia - Antonio Cervantes
is beat over 8-Rounds {L Dec 8} by Featherweight, Nestor Rojas 12-3-0 (4 KO's) in Venezuela.

That loss dropped Cervantes to 27-5-1.

Antonio Cervamtes finished out 1967, with a record of 33-5-3 (10 KO's).

To the boxing experts, it did not look like Cervantes would ever develop a Knock-Out Punch.

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1968

Antonio Cervantes wins his 'first' 8-Bouts of 1968, and goes 8-0-0 (2 KO's).

Again, defeating 'common foes',
Cipriano Zuluaga
Eliodoro Pitalua
Jose Godoy

The 22 year-old improves to 41-5-3 (12 KO's), and is ranked the #9 Featherweight
in the World Ratings.

In October 1968, Cervantes moves his home-base from Columbia to Venezuela, to get more
publicity and better fight purse fee's.

On November 28, 1968 - at his new home base in Venezuela, Cervantes gets a rematch
with former conquerer, Venezuela Featherweight, Nestor Rojas 16-5-0 (5 KO's). Cervantes scores
an impressive win (W Dec 10), and moves his record to 42-5-3, along with a #9 Featherweight rating.

The 'shocker' on December 20, 1968 - 23 year-old Antonio Cervantes is 'Knocked-Out' (KO'd 4) by
Venezuelan 'Hot Shot Featherweight', #10-Ranked - Cruz 'El Loco' Marcano 17-0-2 (11 KO's).

The loss, drops Antonio Cervantes 42-6-3, out of the Top 10 Featherweights.

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1969

In Venezuela,,

'4' straight wins, and Antonio is up to 46-6-3 (15 KO's), and ranked the #13 Featherweight.

On August 15, 1969 (Friday Night) is 'upset' by (L Dec 10) #4 Venezuelan Featherweight,
Francisco Bolivar 26-11-4 (12 KO's).

On August 16, 1969 (Saturday Afternoon), just 18-Hours later - Antonio is back in the
ring versus 'old foe' Orlando Rivas 16-4-1 (5 KO's). Cervantes scores a 'one-punch'
Knock-Out (KO 2).

Septermber 1969

Under the direction of Columbian Boxing Manager, Ramiro Machado (with WBA connections),
Antonio Cervantes 47-7-3 (16 KO's) - is now ranked the #11 WBA Featherweight.

On November 10, 1969 - In Caracas, Venezuela - Ramiro Machado scheduled his 'Two Top' Featherweights
to battle each other, #11 Antonio Cervantes vs. #5 Antonio Gomez 25-2-0 (11 KO's)
{Gomez would go on to become the WBA Featherweight Championin September 1971}.

In a 'close battle', Antonio Gomez edges out Antonio Cervantes by (W Dec 10).

It was the 'last bout' that Antonio Cervantes fought at the 126 lb. Featherweight Level.

Antonio Cervantes as a 'skinny' 126 lb. Featherweight
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1970

Unable to maintain 126 lbs. on his 5 ' 9" frame, the 24 year-old Cervantes moves up
in weight.

Fighting at the 130 lb. Junior-Lightweight Level,,,,,

Cervantes scores 'two' quick wins in Caracas, Venezuela
* Febraury 20, 1970 - W Dec 10 over - Pedro Chirinos 16-10-1 (6 KO's)
* March 12, 1970 - KO 1 over - Diego Tovar 5-1-0 (1 KO)

Sporting a record of 49-8-3 (17 KO's), Cervantes goes inactive for the next 7-months.

In October 1970, Antonio Cervantes and Trainer Carmelo Prada move to San Jose, California.

Bulked up to 135 lbs., and showing a 'muscular physique', Cervantes impresses in Gym work-outs
in Southern California. No longer a 'lanky' skinny 126 lb. Featherweight who slaps and darts, now
Antonio is a 'solid Lightweight' who sits down on his punches.

November 6, 1970 - Antonio Cervantes makes his American debut, in a 'Main Event' at the Civic Auditorium
in San Jose, California. A Friday Night (Locally Televised) bout, versus Southern California
'Light-Welterweight Prospect' - Jorge 'The Rod' Rodriguez 16-1-0 (9 KO's).

In front of 3000 Civic Auditorium and Jorge Rodriguez fans, Cervantes is 'masterful' in stopping the
'local star' by {KO 8}. Antonio Cervantes receives $2500 as his fight purse, the largest of his career
up to that point.

The win improves Cervantes (one-month shy of 25) to 50-8-3 (18 KO's), and with it, a #14 WBA Lightweight ranking.

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December 12, 1970

Thursday Night (The Olympic in Los Angeles, California)

'Lightweight Battle'

#6 WBC Lightweight - Rodolfo 'El Gato' Gonzalez 66-5-1 (58 KO's)
vs.
#14 WBA Lightweight - Antonio Cervantes 50-8-3 (18 KO's)

The 25 year-old Long Beach, Californian - Rodolfo Gonzalez, at 5' 9" 135 lbs,
with a 70" reach is a '100% true banger'.
Gonzalez, has been a 'regular' at The Olympic for the past '4' years, where he
has gone undefeated 12-0-0 (11 KO's). His last loss, was way back on November 10, 1966.

Note; In November 1972, Rodolfo Gonzalez would win the WBC Lightweight Chamionship.

1970 has not been a 'busy year' though for 'El Gato', as he has had only 'one-bout'
this year, a (TKO 7) over Fermin Soto (31-5-1), in May 1970. Gonzalez has been out of the
ring for 7-Months.

For the 25 year-old 5' 9" Antonio Cervantes, this is his 'biggest fight'. With a 72" Reach,
Cervantes will have a slight-edge, and his fast-hands are quicker than Gonzalez. But, Rodolfo
is by far the 'heavier puncher'. Cervantes will require 'all his skill and ring generalship' to get by
in this one.

4000 fans turn out for the 'Thursday Night' bout, with each combatant to receive $1750 as a fight purse.

Round 1 - It is Antonio Cervantes with his 'fine boxing skill' who controls the round, and suprises Rodolfo
Gonzalez - by flooring him with a 'solid left jab' to the jaw. Not hurt, Gonzalez bounces up at the '2-Count'.

Round 2 - Again, Cervantes exhibits his 'sharp boxing skills'' and wins the round, with crisp jabs and good movement.

Round 3 - Cervantes scores with several crisp punches, and then opens a cut over Gonzalez left eye, the result of
a slashing right-hand lead.
Then, all hell breaks loose, as Rodolfo Gonzalez tears into an 'unsuspecting Cervantes', and floors him with a
solid left-right to the jaw.
Cervantes, struggles up at the '8-Count', and battles back from the 'defensive position.

Rounds 4 thru 6 - It is Gonzalez who is the 'effective aggressor', backing Cervantes up while scoring with right hand
crosses, and left hooks to the body.

Round 7 - Cervantes works on the cut over Gonzalez left eye, with sharp straight left jabs, and an occassional right cross.
Late in the Round, Cervantes lands a big right upper-cut which shakes Gonzalez, but the Long Beach fighter will not fade,
and scores with his own 'heavy right hands', which shake Cervantes and have the Columbian reeling.

Round 8 - Cervantes, using his smart ring skills, focuses on the cut left eye of Gonzalez, and rips it apart by using
sharp jabs over and over. By the end of Round 8, Gonzalez cannot see out of the eye.

On the advice of the 'Ring Doctor', Referee Lee Grossman stops the bout, with Antonio Cervantes winning by
TKO 8.

At the time of the stoppage, Rodolfo Gonzalez had a slight-edge on the Scorecards;
Referee; Lee Grossman........6-5 in Points (4-3-1 in Rounds) Antonio Cervantes
Judge; Rudy Jordan.............6-5 in Points (4-3-1 in Rounds) Rodolfo Gonzalez
Judge; Abe Cohen...............6-5 in Points (4-3-1 in Rounds) Rodolfo Gonzalez

Los Angeles Times..............6-4 in Points (5-3-0 in Rounds) Rodolfo Gonzalez

Rodolfo Gonzalez stands over Antonio Cervantes, after flooring him the 3rd Round, with a left-right combination.

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As of January 1, 1971

The 25 year-old Antonio Cervantes 51-8-3 (19 KO's) -

Was ranked at Lightweight, #5 WBA / #7 WBC.

Current Champion, British Ken Buchanan appeared not too interested in fighting
Antonio Cervantes in the immediate future, and certainly not in Central America or Columbia or Venezuela.
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From what I've read, it was mainly the cut that hampered Gato in his fight with Kid Pambele.
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From what I've read, it was mainly the cut that hampered Gato in his fight with Kid Pambele.
Correct Flea,,,,,,,

Rodolfo 'El Gato' Gonzalez got cut in the 3rd Round, over the left-eye by
an Antonio Cervantes slashing right hand.

El Gato, immediately floored 'Kid Pambele' after that incident.

Rodolfo Gonzalez then poured it on, in Rounds 4, 5 and 6 - to take a
solid lead in the bout.

'El Gato' started to fade just a bit in Round 7, permitting Cervantes to
score from the outside, and work on the eye cut. Cervantes scored with a
big right uppercut that buckled Gonzalez' legs. But 'El Gato' rallied
with a two-fisted barrage and a couple of big right hands that had Cervantes
reeling near the end of the round.

In Round 8, the eye cut worsened, and Cervantes slashed it like a
surgeon.

That was it.

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February 18, 1971

'ANTONIO CERVANTES 'FIRST BOUT' IN THE 140 LB. LIGHT-WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION'

Thursday Night at The Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California

After '62-Bouts' in Lower Weight Classes, and with a mark of 51-8-3 (19 KO's) -

Antonio Cervantes takes on Argentinian Light-Welterweight - 31 year-old,
Enrique Jana 41-10-10 (12 KO's) in a Light-Welterweight Elimination bout.

Enrique Jana, now a California-based fighter, is ranked #3 WBA / #4 WBC as a
Light-Welterweight, and is undefeated in his last '19-Bouts', while going 16-0-3.

Jana's last loss, was back 4 years ago in February 1967, in Brazil.

Enrique Jana has been 'guaranteed' a bout with WBC Light-Welterweight Champion,
Bruno Arcari in June 1971, no matter what happens in his bout versus Antonio Cervantes.

The 25 year-old Antonio, is still rated as a Lightweight #5 WBA / #7 WBC, but he will
now move up to the Light-Welterweight Division, where he may have a better
opportunity at a Title Shot versus WBA Champion Nicolino Loche, if he can get by the 'tricky'
veteran Enrique Jana.

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The Bout;

Utilizing a 'new punching style' by leaping in with long left hand leads, the 5' 9" tall Antonio Cervantes
scores repeatedly on the 5' 6" boxer/counter-puncher Enrique Jana.

After 5-Rounds, Cervantes (ahead by 4-1-0 in the Scorecards) is cruising, and scoring any time he wants
on the shorter Jana. In Round 6, Cervantes drops Jana with a counter right-hand.

Taking his time, Cervantes picks apart the 31 year-old veteran, eventually stopping him at 2:10 of
Round 8, as Referee George Latka calls a halt to the bout, as Enrique Jana was battered defenseless.

The victory over Enrique Jana, improves Antonio Cervantes to 52-8-3 (20 KO's), and moves him up to
the #4 WBA Light-Welterweight.

Note: 4-Months later, in June 1971 - Enrique Jana gets a shot at WBC Light-Welterweight Champion
Bruno Arcari, and gets stopped (L TKO 9).

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