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Old 06-11-2008, 05:12 PM   #1
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Default Rating Nino Benvenuti

Nino fought a lot of nontitle bouts after his last victory over E. Griffith.

Then he took off on the following run. I don't think the loss to
Monzon was actually too unexpected:

12/68 Beat Don Fuller by UD

5/69 Lost to Dick Tiger by UD in non-title fight.

10/69 Beat Fraser Scott (17-0-1) when Scott is DQ for "H-butting
by Italian referee

11/69 Beats Luis Rodriquez by KO in 11 after trailing badly on cards

3/70 Lost to Tom Bethea (9-5-1) by TKO in 8 (over MW non-title fight)

5/70 Beats Tom Bethea (10-5-1) by KO in 8

9/70 Beats Doyle Baird by TKO in 10

11/70 Lost to Monzon by TKO in 12

3/71 Lost to Jose Chirino (18-4-4) by MD

5/71 Lost to Monzon by TKO in 3
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Old 06-13-2008, 05:58 AM   #2
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Default Re: Rating Nino Benvenuti

I wasn't around at the time, but from what i gather, Nino was a respected champion going into the Monzon fight, and the public's favorite?
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Default Re: Rating Nino Benvenuti

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Originally Posted by Longhhorn71
I don't think the loss to
Monzon was actually too unexpected:
Huge amount of hindsight there... Virtually no one outside of South America had heard of Monzon. Nino was a demi god in Italy and vastly respected thoughout the rest of the boxing world, Benvenuti was expected to win and because the fight was not in Argentina, win well.

Remember there was no internet in them days, the only thing any hardcore fan outside of South America would know was that Monzon drew with a fairly inexperienced Briscoe in Argentina...
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Old 06-13-2008, 06:26 AM   #4
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Default Re: Rating Nino Benvenuti

Benvenuti was the clear 3-1 favourite going into the first fight with Monzon according to the AP reports the day before and on the day of the fight.
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Old 06-13-2008, 10:23 AM   #5
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I wasn't around at the time, but from what i gather, Nino was a respected champion going into the Monzon fight, and the public's favorite?
New York City loved him when he came there for the Griffith fights, especially the women.

Several of those fights were on ABC home TV as I remember.
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