Wilfred Benitez vs. Maurice Hope
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Wilfred Benitez 153 lbs beat Maurice Hope 153 lbs by KO at 1:56 in round 12 of 15
- Date: 1981-05-23
- Location: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Richard Green
- Judge: Duane Ford 107-103
- Judge: Chuck Minker 107-101
- Judge: Joe Swessel 107-102
- World Boxing Council Super Welterweight Title (4th defense by Hope)
- Unofficial AP scorecard after 11 completed rounds - 107-101 Benitez
- Benitez was a 2 to 1 favorite.
- Hope made $250,000 and Benitez got $175,000.
- The fight took place at the Caesars Palace Sports Pavilion.
- Benitez knocked out Hope with an overhand right.
- Benitez became the first boxer in 43 years (since Henry Armstrong) to win world titles in three weight divisions.