Name: Wilfred Benitez
Alias: El Radar / Bible of Boxing
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA
Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Height: 5′ 10″ / 178cm
Reach: 70″ / 178cm
Boxing Record: click
Wilfred Benitez is the youngest world champion in boxing history, capturing the WBA junior welterweight title at the age of 17 years and 5 months with a split decision over Antonio Cervantes. Benitez was known as an outstanding boxer, with outstanding defensive skills. Though he achieved great success at a young age, Benitez was also washed up as a fighter before he turned 25.
Benitez suffered severe brain damage from boxing. Since one of his brothers suffered similar problems, some feel he may have been genetically predisposed to brain damage. He currently lives in a Puerto Rican nursing home and lives off a pension granted to him by the Puerto Rican government. His old mother came to take care of him there until she passed away.
- In 1989, boxing historian Herbert G. Goldman named him the 5th greatest welterweight of all-time.
- In 1994, The Ring named him the 4th greatest junior middleweight of all-time.
- In 1996, The Ring named him the 30th greatest fighter of the past 50 years.
- In 1999, The Associated Press named him the 4th greatest junior welterweight of the 20th century.
- Cyber Boxing Zone Benitez site  Please note: the contributions button on that site no longer works.
| WBA Light Welterweight Champion
1976 Mar 6 – 1977
| WBC Welterweight Champion
1979 Jan 14 – 1979 Nov 30
Sugar Ray Leonard
| WBC Light Middleweight Champion
1981 May 23 – 1982 Dec 3