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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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ringsidereport.com (blog)

ringsidereport.com (blog)
Mon, 04 May 2015 21:38:03 -0700

Antonio Esparragoza Betancourt, born September 2, 1959 in the busy maritime port city of Cumaná, Venezuela, first donned a pair of boxing gloves at the age of nine after being inspired by the successes of “Morochito” Rodriguez his home nation's first ...

The Boxing Tribune

The Boxing Tribune
Mon, 11 May 2015 19:53:45 -0700

WBA Featherweight Championship. Antonio Esparragoza W 12 Chan Mok Park. Retains title. 1995: Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Championship. WBA Super Bantamweight Antonio Cermeno W 12 Wilfredo Vasquez, Bayamon, Wins title. 2000: Indianapolis, Indiana ...
 
EntornoInteligente
Mon, 25 May 2015 13:15:00 -0700

Colectivos sociales de Sucre debaten estrategias contra la guerra económica / AVN / Caracas, 25 May. AVN.− Colectivos y comunidades organizadas del estado Sucre realizaron una asamblea este lunes para debatir estrategias contra la guerra económica, ...
 
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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Últimas Noticias

Últimas Noticias
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:30:00 -0800

Así lo declaró el ex campeón mundial de boxeo Antonio Esparragoza, en representación de Nelson Calsadilla, Antonio Cermeño, Fulgencio Obelmejías, Ramón Cotúa, Pedro Rojas, Rigoberto Marcano, Omar Catarí, Luis Primera, Carmen Teresa Cabello de ...
 
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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