Gregorio 'Papa' Bentiez turned his son 'Professional' on November 22, 1973, when he was only 15 years of age. In his 'first professional bout', he won by (KO 1) over Hiram Santiago. His Fight Purse was $100 He started out as a 135 lb. Lightweight. Fighting several of his early bouts in Puerto Rico, until it was found out that 'El Radar' was under-age, they shipped Wilfred over to Philipsburg, St. Marteen for fighting professional bouts, until he was of legal age (16). Though his record shows an 11-0-0 (10 KO's) record up to his 16th Birthday on September 12, 1974 - there appears to be approximately another 20 'unsanctioned smoker bouts' that 'Papa' Benitez threw his 15 year-old son into during 1974 (January thru August). When Wilfred was the 'legal' age of 16, they shipped him up to New York, to fight an 8-Round 'Main Event' at the Felt Forum in New York, on September 16, 1974. On the streets in New York, the Puerto Rican fight fans were well aware of the 'Wunderkind', the young teenage boxer (born in the Bronx, New York) from Puerto Rico. In his 'first' professional bout in New York, Wilfred stopped (TKO 5) veteran 'B-Level' journeyman - Al 'Hey Albert' Hughes, in a Light-Welterweight bout. Wilfred Benitez had a listed weight of 144 lbs. for that bout. Though it was registered as his 12th professional win, he had nearly 30 'pro' fights already.