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Antonio Esparragoza Betancourt (born September 2, 1959 in Cumaná) is a former boxer in the featherweight division from Venezuela.

Amateur career[edit]

Esparragoza represented Venezuela as a Featherweight at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

Professional career[edit]

Esparragoza turned pro in 1981 and after largely fighting unproven fighters in his native Venezuela was granted a shot at Lineal & WBA Featherweight Titles holder Steve Cruz in 1987. Esparragoza pulled off an upset with a TKO in the 12th round. Esparragoza defended the titles seven times before losing the belts to Yong-Kyun Park in 1991 via unanimous decision. He retired after the loss.

Due to his incredible knockout power, Esparragoza is ranked at 75 in Ring Magazine's list of 100 Greatest Punchers.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Steve Cruz
WBA Featherweight Champion
Lineal Featherweight Champion

1987-03-06 – 1991-03-30
Succeeded by
Yong-Kyun Park



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Doghouse Boxing
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:33:45 -0800

1987: Antonio Esparragoza KO 12 Steve Cruz, Ft. Worth, TX. Wins WBA Featherweight Title. 1993: Anaclet Wamba W 12 David Webber, Paris. Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title. Pernell (Sweet Pea) Whitaker W 12 James (Buddy) McGirt, NYC. Wins World ...

Aporrea.org (blog)

Aporrea.org (blog)
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:11:15 -0700

... stultinia y moria (locura) total, y pretenden evitar el desastre imponiendo la fuerza como mecanismo hegemónico, arrastrando al mundo a los estertores de la muerte, así lo expresaron Antonio Esparragoza, Emalida Viloria, Rubén Mendoza y José ...

Aporrea.org (blog)

Aporrea.org (blog)
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:15:00 -0700

... mecanismo hegemónico, arrastrando al mundo a los estertores de la muerte, expresaron Antonio Esparragoza, Emalida Viloria, Rubén Mendoza y José Pereira, voceros del Consejo de Coordinación Nacional de los Círculos Bolivarianos de Venezuela.

Crave Online

Crave Online
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:16:06 -0700

Mike Tyson (23), 2. Julio Cesar Chavez (27), 3. Pernell Whitaker (25), 4. Michael Nunn (26), 5. Antonio Esparragoza (30), 6. Meldrick Taylor (23), 7. Azumah Nelson (31), 8. Raul Perez (22), 9. Virgil Hill (25), 10. Marlon Starling (30) – Average age ...

El Universal (Venezuela)

El Tiempo
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:37:30 -0700

Caracas.- El exbasquetbolista Carl Herrera, el expúgil Antonio Esparragoza y el exentrenador de boxeo Ángel Edecio Escobar, fueron elegidos este miércoles como nuevos miembros del Salón de la Fama del Deporte Venezolano. El Comité de Selección ...
 
Boxing.com
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:58:12 -0800

There were the great unsung champions, men like Antonio Esparragoza and Virgil Hill. Somehow there was still Roberto Duran, somehow still fighting for titles. Suffice to say, this has been a harder task than the corresponding list for Boxing's Five ...
 
Fight News
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:47:04 -0700

We can easily remember world champs from Venezuela who previously fought here in Japan: Alfredo Marcano, Antonio Gomez, Betulio Gonzalez, Antonio Esparragoza, Leo Gamez, Jesus Rojas, David Griman, Eloy Rojas, Antonio Cermeno, Alimi Goitia, ...
 
BoxingInsider.com (blog)
Fri, 28 Oct 2011 09:29:53 -0700

Other boxers he guided to world titles include Miguel Angel Cuello, Francisco Quiroz, Rafael Pineda, Sugar Baby Rojas, Francisco Tejedor, Tomas Molinares, Luis Mendoza, Miguel “Happy” Lora, Antonio Esparragoza, Juan Diego Cordoba, Jorge Barrios, ...
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