Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 9/1/12
The WBC has announced that they will be launching a pension fund for ex-boxers who have fallen on hard times. One such fighter who has been struggling mightily and can greatly benefit from this type of support is former world champion Wilfred Benitez. In this installment of VHS Classic Rewind, we revisit the Puerto Rican star’s WBC welterweight title defense against the great Sugar Ray Leonard on November 30, 1979 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. At 17 years old, Benitez had become the youngest world champion in boxing history when he won the WBA light welterweight title in March 1976 with a split decision over Antonio Cervantes. He defended the belt twice before moving up to welterweight the following year. In January 1979, Benitez became a two-time world champion when he defeated Carlos Palomino by split decision for the WBC welterweight strap. The undefeated 21-year old Benitez (38-0-1, 23 KO’s) would be making the second defense of this title against another undefeated boxing sta...
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