Antonio Cervantes

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Class of 1998
Modern Category
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Name: Antonio Cervantes
Alias: Kid Pambele
Birth Name: Antonio Cervantes Reyes
Hometown: San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia
Birthplace: San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 174cm
Reach: 183cm
Pro Boxer: Record

Managers: Ramiro Machado, Willie Ketchum (1971 in United States)
Trainer: Carmelo Prada

Record Issues

Like other Colombian fighters of his day, such as Bernardo Caraballo, Cervantes's published record was inflated with a number of extra fights that never took place. The fights in question are the following:

  • 1966-1-7 W4 Oscar Gonzalez, Cartagena.
  • 1966-2-2 W4 Rodolfo Marquez, Cartagena.
  • 1966-2-27 KO2 Rodolfo Marquez, Barranquila.
  • 1966-3-28 W10 Heliodoro Pitalua, Cartagena.
  • 1966-6-21 W10 Rafael Donado, Cartagena.
  • 1966-8-20 KO2 Heliodoro Pitalua, Cartagena.
  • 1966-10-1 W10 Jose Godoy, Cartagena.
  • 1966-11-16 KO6 Antonio Yi, Barranquila.
  • 1967-2-8 W10 Jose Godoy, Cartagena.
  • 1967-3-1 W10 Antonio Yi, Cartagena.
  • 1967-5-30 W10 Jose Godoy, Cartagena.
  • 1967-6-14 W10 Antonio Yi, Cartagena.
  • 1967-7-28 KO5 Rala Rojas, Cartagena.
  • 1967-9-30 W10 Jesus Gonzalez, Cartagena.
  • 1967-10-15 D10 Reynaldo Lopez, Cartagena.
  • 1967-11-16 W10 Reynaldo Lopez, Cartagena.
  • 1967-11-21 W10 Heliodoro Pitalua, Cartagena.
  • 1967-12-7 D10 Milton Mendez, Bogota.
  • 1967-12-21 KO8 Victor Cano, Cartagena
  • 1968-3-3 W10 Milton Mendez, Cartagena.
  • 1968-6-14 W10 Cipriano Zuluega, Cartagena.
  • 1968-8-29 W10 Cipriano Zuluega, Cartagena.
  • 1968-10-7 KO7 Juan Martinez, Cartagena.
  • 1968-11-28 W10 Nestor Rojas, Caracas.
  • 1968-12-14 W10 Orlando Rivas, Caracas.
  • 1969-5-15 KO2 Jose Torres, Cartagena.

According to contemporary Colombian sources, such as the December 5 1971 issue of Bogotá's newspaper El Tiempo, the correct record of Cervantes at the time of his December 1971 fight with Nicolino Locche was 31-8-1 (12)..



Preceded by:
Alfonso Frazer
WBA Light Welterweight Champion
1972 Oct 28 – 1976 Mar 6
Succeeded by:
Wilfred Benitez
Preceded by:
Wilfred Benitez
Stripped
WBA Light Welterweight Champion
1977 Jun 25 – 1980 Aug 2
Succeeded by:
Aaron Pryor