Difference between revisions of "Wilfred Benitez vs. Sugar Ray Leonard"

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<fight>496</fight>
 
<fight>496</fight>
 
*'''Unofficial UPI scorecard:''' 139-129 Leonard
 
*'''Unofficial UPI scorecard:''' 139-129 Leonard
*'''WBC Welterweight Title'''
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*'''[[WBC]] Welterweight Title''' (second defense by Benitez)
 
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==Notes==
 
==Notes==
*The fight was televised live in prime time on ABC-TV, along with [[Vito Antuofermo]] vs. [[Marvin Hagler]] for the undisputed middleweight title and [[Victor Galindez]] vs. [[Marvin Johnson]] for the WBA light heavyweight title.
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*The fight was televised live in prime time on ABC-TV. The telecast also included Undisputed World Middleweight Champion [[Vito Antuofermo]]'s [[Vito Antuofermo vs. Marvin Hagler (1st meeting)|draw]] with [[Marvin Hagler]] and [[Marvin Johnson]]'s knockout of [[Victor Galindez]] to win the [[WBA]] Light Heavyweight Championship.
 
*Leonard was a 3 to 1 favorite.
 
*Leonard was a 3 to 1 favorite.
 
*Benitez's purse was $1.2 million and Leonard's was $1 million.
 
*Benitez's purse was $1.2 million and Leonard's was $1 million.
*Leonard floored Benitez with a jab in the third round.
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*Leonard floored Benitez with a left jab in the third round.
 
*Benitez suffered a cut on his forehead due to an accidental butt in the sixth round.  
 
*Benitez suffered a cut on his forehead due to an accidental butt in the sixth round.  
*Leonard put Benitez down in the fifteenth round with a left hook. Benitez rose and walked to a neutral corner as he took the mandatory eight-count. Leonard moved in and after a few punches, referee Carlos Padilla stopped the fight.  
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*Leonard put Benitez down in the fifteenth round with a left hook. Benitez rose quickly and walked to a neutral corner as he took the mandatory eight-count. Leonard moved in for the finish, and referee [[Carlos Padilla]] stopped the fight after several unanswered punches.  
*On an episode of ESPN Classic's Ringside, [[Bert Sugar]] said the stoppage, with just six seconds to go, may have been influenced by the death of [[Willie Classen]], who died two days earlier as a result of injuries sustained in his fight with [[Wilford Scypion]].
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*On an episode of ESPN Classic's ''Ringside'', historian [[Bert Sugar]] said the stoppage, with just six seconds left in the fight, may have been influenced by the death of [[Willie Classen]], who died two days earlier as a result of injuries sustained in his fight with [[Wilford Scypion]].
 
==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
 
*[[Angelo Dundee]], Leonard's trainer: "From a technical standpoint, there was more done in this fight than I've seen done for a long time. You saw two smart, scientific fighters—two champions in the ring at the same time. They brought the best out of each other."
 
*[[Angelo Dundee]], Leonard's trainer: "From a technical standpoint, there was more done in this fight than I've seen done for a long time. You saw two smart, scientific fighters—two champions in the ring at the same time. They brought the best out of each other."
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=tgYzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=EuIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6775,67251&dq=sugar+ray+leonard+benitez&hl=en United Press International - December 1, 1979]
 
*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=tgYzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=EuIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6775,67251&dq=sugar+ray+leonard+benitez&hl=en United Press International - December 1, 1979]
 
*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kXhUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Zo8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=1976,4767119&dq=sugar+ray+leonard+benitez&hl=en United Press International - December 3, 1979]
 
*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kXhUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Zo8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=1976,4767119&dq=sugar+ray+leonard+benitez&hl=en United Press International - December 3, 1979]
*[http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1126376/index.htm Sports Illustrated - December 10, 1979]
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*[http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1126376/index.htm ''Sports Illustrated'' - December 10, 1979]

Revision as of 05:30, 21 June 2013

Leonard drops Benitez in the third round

1979-11-30 : Sugar Ray Leonard 146 lbs beat Wilfred Benitez 144½ lbs by TKO at 2:54 in round 15 of 15

  • Unofficial UPI scorecard: 139-129 Leonard
  • WBC Welterweight Title (second defense by Benitez)


Notes

  • The fight was televised live in prime time on ABC-TV. The telecast also included Undisputed World Middleweight Champion Vito Antuofermo's draw with Marvin Hagler and Marvin Johnson's knockout of Victor Galindez to win the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship.
  • Leonard was a 3 to 1 favorite.
  • Benitez's purse was $1.2 million and Leonard's was $1 million.
  • Leonard floored Benitez with a left jab in the third round.
  • Benitez suffered a cut on his forehead due to an accidental butt in the sixth round.
  • Leonard put Benitez down in the fifteenth round with a left hook. Benitez rose quickly and walked to a neutral corner as he took the mandatory eight-count. Leonard moved in for the finish, and referee Carlos Padilla stopped the fight after several unanswered punches.
  • On an episode of ESPN Classic's Ringside, historian Bert Sugar said the stoppage, with just six seconds left in the fight, may have been influenced by the death of Willie Classen, who died two days earlier as a result of injuries sustained in his fight with Wilford Scypion.

Quotes

  • Angelo Dundee, Leonard's trainer: "From a technical standpoint, there was more done in this fight than I've seen done for a long time. You saw two smart, scientific fighters—two champions in the ring at the same time. They brought the best out of each other."
  • Sugar Ray Leonard: "No one, I mean no one, can make me miss punches like that."
  • Wilfred Benitez: "Sugar Ray is the best in the world now. I was happy to get a fight with him. He was a great challenger and will prove to be a good champion."

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