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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 21:30:00 -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 ...

Pulso de San Luis (Comunicado de prensa)

Pulso de San Luis (Comunicado de prensa)
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:15:00 -0800

En su organigrama fungían como jefes regionales los comandantes Daniel Acuña Figueroa, Rafael Aguilar Guajardo —cofundador del Cártel de Juárez—, Federico Castell y Tomás Morlett, quien según los expedientes facilitaba a José Antonio Esparragoza ...

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 ...

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, 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, 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, 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
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 ...
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