1976-03-06 Wilfred Benitez w pts 15 Antonio Cervantes, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBA
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 and avoiding the wild blows coming his way. However, Cervantes (140) began to improve by the ninth and after 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 thereon as he got back to his boxing he began to pull away and fully deserved 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.