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Antonio Esparragoza Betancourt (born September 2, 1959 in Cumaná) was a 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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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 Tiempo
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:33:45 -0700

Fue en 1987 cuando otro nativo de esta parte del país deslumbró: Antonio Esparragoza, de Cumaná. Nacido el 2 de julio de 1957, Esparragoza se coronó el 6 de marzo de 1987 al superar al mexicano-estadounidense Steve Cruz en el round 12 por nocaut.
 
7sur7
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:59:52 -0700

Il est le troisième boxeur belge de l'après-guerre à disputer un titre mondial après Jean-Pierre Coopman, qui avait affronté Mohamed Ali en 1976 à Porto Rico, et Jean-Marc Renard, qui avait combattu face au Vénézuélien Antonio Esparragoza en 1989 à ...
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