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Old 10-10-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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Ben Villaflor,,,,,,

The WBA Super-Featherweight Champion - based in Hawaii

Kind of a 'mystery fighter' as he fought exclusively in Hawaii during his prime career.

While the WBA Super-Feathwerweight Champion from April 25, 1972 thru
October 10, 1976 -

There were several attempts to put Ben in the ring with;
Featherweight Champions...............Ernesto Marcel, Alexis Arguello, Bobby Chacon and Ruben Olivares
Super-Feathwerweight Champions....Ricardo Arrendondo and Alfredo Escalera
Lightweight Champions...................Roberto Duran, Ishimatsu 'Guts' Suzuki and Esteban De Jesus

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Iron chin and heavy handed but a humongous super feather for his time. Should've had some bigger fights, look forward to hearing why they might not have come off.
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Ben Villaflor,,,,,,,

A very powerful southpaw who was compact at 5' 6", and very physical.

Though physical, was a perfect gentleman in the ring, and may have been
one the most respectul to his opponents.

Very quick with his short punches, and deadly accurate. Good power and
slight above-average average hand speed. Very good defense, and a
certified and stamped 'steel chin'.

Fighters who gave him problems; Only a 67' reach, so he had some difficulty
with tall boxers who moved.

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Flea Man,

After Ben Villaflor lost his WBA Super-Featherweight Championship to Samuel Serrano
in Puerto Rico on October 16, 1976 -

There was 'chit-chat' of getting Ben Villaflor to come back in 1977 - and take on
Ruben Olivares and Bobby Chacon in 1977, in over-the-weight Super-Featherweight
bouts at (132 lbs.)

Ben was only age 24, and carried a record of 56-6-6 (31 KO's).

Not sure if it was in Hawaii or at The Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Ben, would have 'man-handled' either of them. Probably stopping the shopworn
Ruben Olivares in '5'. And most likely stopping the 'Schoolboy' late in the bout.

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Old 10-11-2012, 09:23 AM   #5
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Noggin,,,,,,,

Ben Villaflor had a unique Championship Bout record.

Ben posted a record of 5-2-3 in Championship Bouts, and a record of 3-2-3 in
Title Defenses.

Had he defeated Samuel Serrano in Puerto Rico in October 1976 - Ben would
have fought Esteban De Jesus next, for the WBC Lightweight Championship.

But, he was out-pointed by Sammy. He then retired. He was only one month
shy of age 25.
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Didn't he have bad hands?
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Didn't he have bad hands?
Flea,

I believe Ben Villaflor hurt his hands in his 'first bout' with Samuel Serrano
in April 1976 in Hawaii.

He couldn't fight for 6-months, before he gave Sammy a rematch in
October 1976.
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