1979-03-25 Wilfred Benitez w pts 15 (15) Harold Weston, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBC
1979-03-25 Wilfred Benitez w pts 15 (15) Harold Weston, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBC. Referee: Richard Steele. Scorecards: 149-138, 144-142, 146-145. Having struggled to make the weight the champion was not his normal self. To add to his woes he was cut over the left eye in the fourth round as Weston (147) tried to take a grip of the fight. Luckily for Benitez (147), the sweltering heat affected Weston more than it did him, the fight rarely ever coming to life. Weston claimed later that he had also had trouble making the weight. With both men sagging, after Benitez finally came back with some heavy combinations in the 12th from there on in he just about kept ahead of Weston to earn the decision.
The brilliant Sugar Ray Leonard who had moved up to number one in The Ring magazine ratings would be Benitez's next challenger. Lightning fast of hand and foot, the 1976 Olympic gold medallist had cut a swathe through the welterweight ranks since turning pro with 25 straight victories, beating Floyd Mayweather, Randy Shields, Armando Muniz, Adolfo Viruet, Marcos Geraldo, Pete Ranzany and Andy Price. He was also the reigning North American champion.