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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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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 ...

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

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

Conferencia por la Paz - Testimonio Antonio Esparragoza REDI Sur Oriente

Antonio Esparragoza TKO12 Steve Cruz Part 1/5

An astonishing title-winning performance.

ANTONIO ESPARRAGOZA SOLICITO EXPLICACIONES A JOEL GUERRA Y JUAN PALOMO DEL POR QUE SOLICITAN DINERO

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.

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83 news items

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 ...

Superluchas (Comunicado de prensa)

Superluchas (Comunicado de prensa)
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:41:15 -0700

Además, tuvo palabras de elogio para dos de sus ex-campeones que estaban en la transmisión del evento para Venezuela: Antonio Esparragoza, ex-monarca del peso pluma AMB, y David Grimán, quien reinó entre los moscas. “Fueron dos grandes ...

El Heraldo (Colombia)

El Heraldo (Colombia)
Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:08:30 -0700

Según Pérez, el entrenador Amilcar Brusa le confió en una oportunidad que los tres mejores pegadores que tuvo el honor de manejar fueron el legendario argentino Carlos Monzón, el venezolano Antonio Esparragoza y el colombiano Happy Lora.

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
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 ...

The Boxing Tribune

The Boxing Tribune
Mon, 01 Jun 2015 23:55:47 -0700

Retains title. 1989: Namur, Belgium. WBA Featherweight Championship. Antonio Esparragoza KO 6 Jean-Marc Renard. Retains title. 1990: Manchester, England. WBC Featherweight Championship. .Marcos Villasana KO 8 Paul Hodkinson. Wins Vacant title.

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 ...
 
EntornoInteligente
Sun, 09 Aug 2015 15:32:56 -0700

... pegar" Según Pérez, el entrenador Amilcar Brusa le confió en una oportunidad que los tres mejores pegadores que tuvo el honor de manejar fueron el legendario argentino Carlos Monzón, el venezolano Antonio Esparragoza y el colombiano Happy Lora.
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