1975-05-17 Antonio Cervantes w pts 15 Esteban De Jesus, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WBA
1975-05-17 Antonio Cervantes w pts 15 Esteban De Jesus, New City Gym, Panama City, Panama - WBA. Referee: Isidro Rodriguez. Scorecards: 148-135, 148-136, 147-138. Having been beaten by Roberto Duran in a crack at the lightweight title just over a year earlier, De Jesus (139) was strongly fancied in some quarters to derail the champion. However, Cervantes (139) thought otherwise, forcing the Panamanian to take the mandatory ‘eight’ count when he dropped him with a right hander in the first round. Although De Jesus got back into the fight, rallying well over the next nine rounds, with his stamina flagging in the 11th he was put down again in the 12th. From there on it was all Cervantes, who raced away to a big points win as De Jesus continued to give ground.