1979-01-14 Wilfred Benitez w pts 15 Carlos Palomino, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBC

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1979-01-14 Wilfred Benitez w pts 15 Carlos Palomino, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBC. Referee: Jay Edson. Scorecards: 148-143, 146-143, 142-146. Having been out of the ring for nine months affected Palomino (146½) badly and it showed as his timing was off and his punching power rarely troubled Benitez (146), who was never in difficulty despite one judge alarmingly voting for the champion. It was clear early on that Benitez had the extra speed and by the ninth he was dictating matters, hitting Palomino with left jabs and right crosses and generally pacing himself to the finishing post. Between the tenth and 13th rounds Palomino had his best time as he pounded Benitez’s body, but the last two sessions proved that the latter had been holding back and he finished a worthy winner.