1976-03-06 Wilfred Benitez w pts 15 Antonio Cervantes, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBA

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1976-03-06 Wilfred Benitez w pts 15 Antonio Cervantes, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBA. Referee: Isaac Herrera. Scorecards: 148-144, 147-142, 145-147. Following a cautious opening start when both men had a good look at each other there was little in it before Benitez (138½) took over in the fifth, beating the listless champion to the punch while avoiding the wild blows coming his way. However, when Cervantes (140) began to improve by the ninth, scoring well with solid right hands to the head, he had more success during the next couple of sessions but was unable to drop Benitez. At this point in the fight it was probably even, but with Benitez picking it up from there on as he got back to his boxing he began to pull away to fully deserve the split decision in his favour. A pro since the age of 15, by his victory, Benitez, at 17 years and six months, became the youngest ever fighter to win a world title.