digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















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.


Preceded by
Steve Cruz
WBA Featherweight Champion
Lineal Featherweight Champion

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

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Esparragoza — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
1707 videos foundNext > 

Antonio Esparragoza KO6 Jean Marc Renard

European champion Renard suffered his first stoppage loss (and his first loss outright in half a decade) and never fought again, but he can't be accused of not ...

Antonio Esparragoza KO10 Mitsuru Sugiya

The pre-fight highlight reel of Sugiya shows a typical Japanese fighter; a hard-working offensive fighter getting results based on determination and a grasp of the ...

Antonio Esparragoza TKO3 Octavio Quinones

One fight before his masterpiece to take the title from Cruz, Esparragoza dissects a no-hoper, although a game one for a few wild swings anyway, and one that ...

Workouts & sparring of Luis Mendoza & Antonio Esparragoza Pt 1

Antonio Esparragoza Vs. Stevie Cruz Prefight & Rds.1-2.wmv

Antonio Esparragoza TKO12 Steve Cruz Part 5/5

Antonio Esparragoza - Chan-Mok Park

1990-05-12 Hilton Hotel, Seoul, South Korea WBA World Featherweight Title (7-th Defence by Esparragoza)

Antonio Esparragoza D12 Marcos Villasana

Although the nails Mexican challenger comes on strong in the later rounds, the decision rendered seems unfair on the Featherweight champion, classy and ...

Antonio Esparragoza TKO12 Steve Cruz Part 1/5

An astonishing title-winning performance.

Antonio Esparragoza vs. Pascual Aranda 7-26-87 Round 10

Antonio Esparragoza making the first defense of the WBA Featherweight title against Pascual Aranda on July 26, 1987 in Houston, Texas.

1707 videos foundNext > 

75 news items

The Boxing Tribune

The Boxing Tribune
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:49:57 -0800

Antonio Esparragoza KO 8 Jose Marmolejos. Retains title. 1989: London, England. WBC Junior Lightweight Championship. Azumah Nelson KO 12 Jim McDonnell. Retains title. 1990: Inglewood, CA. WBC Super Bantamweight Championship. Pedro Decima ...

ringsidereport.com (blog)

ringsidereport.com (blog)
Mon, 04 May 2015 21:30:00 -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 ...


Tue, 03 Nov 2015 05:18:45 -0800

La mayoría de los boxeadores no les pasa así, soy afortunado”, comentó el púgil quien podría seguir los pasos de Antonio Esparragoza y convertirse en abogado. “Yo estudié hasta el cuarto semestre de Derecho, me retiré cuando me fui a los Estados ...

The Boxing Tribune

The Boxing Tribune
Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:56:15 -0700

Antonio Esparragoza KO 5 Fili Montoya. Retains title. 1990: Sacramento, CA. IBF Junior Lightweight Championship. Tony Lopez W 12 Jorge Paez. Retains title. 1991: Indio, CA. IBF Bantamweight Championship. Orlando Canizales W 12 Fernie Morales.

The Boxing Tribune

The Boxing Tribune
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:50:12 -0700

Mexico's Juan Francisco Estrada celebrates after beating Brian Viloria of the U.S. during their WBO/WBA World Flyweight Title match at Cotai Arena, inside Venetian Macao in Macau April 6, 2013. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA – Tags: SPORT BOXING).

The Boxing Tribune

The Boxing Tribune
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:12:55 -0700

Antonio Esparragoza KO 10 Pascual Aranda. Retains title. 1997: Yokohama, Japan. WBA Super-bantamweight Championship. Antonio Cermeno KO 12 Yuichi Kasai. Retains title. 1997: Yokohama, Japan. WBC lightweight Championship. Stevie Johnston W ...

The Boxing Tribune

The Boxing Tribune
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 02:13:42 -0700

Antonio Esparragoza D 12 Marcos Villasana. Retains title. 1992: Albany, NY. Wins WBC Super Bantamweight Championship.Tracy Patterson KO 2 Thierry Jacob. Wins title. 1992: Tokyo, Japan. Wins WBC Flyweight Championship.Yuri Arbachakov KO 8 ...

The Boxing Tribune

The Boxing Tribune
Mon, 11 May 2015 19:48:45 -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 ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight