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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.


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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Antonio Esparragoza KO10 Mitsuru Sugiya

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Antonio Esparragoza TKO12 Steve Cruz Part 3/5

An astonishing title winning performance.

Antonio Esparragoza D12 Marcos Villasana

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Antonio Esparragoza - Chan-Mok Park

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Antonio Esparragoza TKO12 Steve Cruz Part 2/5

An astonishing title-winning performance.

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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 ...


Sun, 13 Mar 2016 20:27:09 -0700

The first to speak at the moving ceremony was former WBA featherweight champion, Venezuelan Antonio Esparragoza. “We have not lost,” he said. “Today we are going to plant a seed that will grow in our hearts and minds for all our life.” Esparragoza also ...

The Boxing Tribune

The Boxing Tribune
Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:48:08 -0700

1987: Lido de Camaiore, Italy. IBF World Cruiserweight Championship. Rickey Parkey KO 12 Chisanda Mutti. Retains title. 1998: Atlantic City, New Jersey. WBC World Heavyweight Championship. Lennox Lewis KO 5 Shannon Briggs. Retains title. 1998: Hull ...

The Boxing Tribune

The Boxing Tribune
Mon, 21 Mar 2016 16:41:24 -0700

1988: Belfast, Northern Ireland. WBA World Flyweight Championship. Fidel Bassa W 12 Dave McAuley. Retains title. 1989: Kawasaki, Japan. WBA World Featherweight Championship. Antonio Esparragoza KO 10 Mitsuru Sugiya. Retains title. 1994: Dortmund ...

The Boxing Tribune

The Boxing Tribune
Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:15:00 -0800

1933: West Palm Beach, Florida. NBA Light Heavyweight Championship. Bob Godwin W 10 Joe Knight. Wins vacant title. 1934: Miami, Florida. World Heavyweight Championship. Primo Carnera W 15 Tommy Loughran. Retains title. 1936: Coral Gables ...

The Boxing Tribune

The Boxing Tribune
Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:01:25 -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 19:48:45 -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 ...

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