Wilfred Benitez displays excellent counter-punching to dethrone Carlos Palomino
WILFRED BENITEZ w pts 15 CARLOS PALOMINO
January 14, 1979; Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan
WILFRED BENITEZ, on the ripe outdated age of 20, was at a crossroads. Since profitable the super-lightweight title on the age of 17 – and setting a document for the youngest ever champ within the course of – the Puerto Rican had injured each arms in a highway accident, been stripped of the title for inactivity, gone life and dying with Bruce Curry and contracted hepatitis. However towards Carlos Palomino, the WBC welterweight champ, Benitez was merely majestic. After a detailed opening six, Benitez’s elegant counter-punching prowess noticed him win a 15-round determination.
DID YOU KNOW? Although Benitez regarded a transparent winner, the choice was break up. Decide Zack Clayton scored for Palomino 146-142 (different scores had been 148-143 and 146-143 for Benitez) and later blamed the solar for affecting his view of the motion.
WATCH OUT FOR: A real defensive genius. However such brilliance can solely final so lengthy; inside 10 years, the game had wrecked Wilfred Benitez.