1979-01-14 Wilfred Benitez w pts 15 Carlos Palomino, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBC
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, his timing being off while his punching power rarely troubled the challenger. Benitez (146) was never in difficulty despite one judge alarmingly voting for the champion. With Benitez's speed a major factor, 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 when pounding Benitez’s body, but the last two sessions proved that the latter, who finished a worthy winner, had been holding back.