Antonio Cervantes vs. Carlos Maria Gimenez (2nd meeting)

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1977-06-25 : Antonio Cervantes 139¼ lbs beat Carlos Maria Gimenez 139¼ lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 5 of 15

Gimenez cut over eye and not out for 6th

"Columbia's Antonio 'Kid Pambele' Cervantes captured the vacant WBA junior welterweight title Saturday night scoring a TKO victory over Argentina's Carlos Gimenez. The Columbian's victory came after referee Marty Denkin of the USA, stopped the fight at the end of the 5th round due to a cut over Gimenez' right eye. The decision prompted minutes of disorder as several spectators stormed the ring. Pambele cut his rival in the 3rd round when he connected a solid left jab during a flurry of exchanges." -Associated Press

  • Former champion Wilfredo Benitez was stripped of his 140 lb. title for refusing to defend his title against Cervantes.
  • Gimenez' manager Tito Lectoure was so upset by referee Marty Denkin's decision that he physically attacked him in the ring when the stoppage was rendered.

Post fight comments

  • "The referee has been dishonest. There was no reason to stop the fight because during the whole round there was no bleeding." -Tito Lectoure
  • "They have no dignity. How can they do that to me?" -Carlos Gimenez
  • "The decision by the referee was a good one because Gimenez had a big cut." -Antonio Cervantes