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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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3 news items

 
Agencia Venezolana de Noticias
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:07:30 -0700

El ex púgil enumera boxeadores entrenados por Montes: Pedro Gómez (Campeón Nacional peso pluma 1964), Antonio Gómez (Campeón Mundial peso pluma 1971), Antonio Esparragoza (Campeón Mundial peso pluma 1987) y los aficionados Cruz ...

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Mundoriental.com
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:03:45 -0700

Qué venezolano en su época no se trasnochó para ver o escuchar las peleas de Antonio Esparragoza, Antonio Gómez, Betulio González, Pedro Gómez, qué mujer venezolana no estuvo pendiente de los certámenes de belleza mundial donde se coronaron ...
 
El Cumanés
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:37:30 -0700

Martes, Antonio Esparragoza y Edward Amundarain (El Cariaqueño). Miércoles, José Ángel Centeno (El Cumanés del Folklore), fotógrafo Pablo Estrada y la popular Carolina de El Peñón. Jueves, locutor Edgar Yoel Díaz (0426-187.29.35), Coronel Fray ...
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