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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 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 went six rounds with Tom 'Boom...

Antonio Esparragoza KO10 Mitsuru Sugiya

The pre-fight highlight reel of Sugiya shows a typical Japanese fighter; a hard-working offensive fighter getting results based on determination and a grasp of the basics. Coupled with the...

Antonio Esparragoza TKO12 Steve Cruz Part 5/5

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 trying. Esparragoza takes a while...

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 Rd. 12 & Postfight.wmv

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.

Antonio Esparragoza TKO12 Steve Cruz Part 1/5

An astonishing title-winning performance.

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

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71 news items

Doghouse Boxing
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:33:45 -0800

1987: Antonio Esparragoza KO 12 Steve Cruz, Ft. Worth, TX. Wins WBA Featherweight Title. 1993: Anaclet Wamba W 12 David Webber, Paris. Retains WBC Cruiserweight Title. Pernell (Sweet Pea) Whitaker W 12 James (Buddy) McGirt, NYC. Wins World ...

El Universal (Venezuela)

El Tiempo
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:37:30 -0700

Caracas.- El exbasquetbolista Carl Herrera, el expúgil Antonio Esparragoza y el exentrenador de boxeo Ángel Edecio Escobar, fueron elegidos este miércoles como nuevos miembros del Salón de la Fama del Deporte Venezolano. El Comité de Selección ...

Crave Online

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 ...

Últimas Noticias

Últimas Noticias
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:30:00 -0800

Así lo declaró el ex campeón mundial de boxeo Antonio Esparragoza, en representación de Nelson Calsadilla, Antonio Cermeño, Fulgencio Obelmejías, Ramón Cotúa, Pedro Rojas, Rigoberto Marcano, Omar Catarí, Luis Primera, Carmen Teresa Cabello de ...
Crave Online (blog)
Fri, 28 Oct 2011 11:39:49 -0700

... trained 14 world titleholders, including Miguel Angel Cuello, Francisco Quiroz, Rafael Pineda, Sugar Baby Rojas, Francisco Tejedor, Tomas Molinares, Luis Mendoza, Miguel “Happy” Lora, Antonio Esparragoza, Juan Diego Cordoba, Jorge Barrios, Carlos ...
Fight News
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:47:04 -0700

We can easily remember world champs from Venezuela who previously fought here in Japan: Alfredo Marcano, Antonio Gomez, Betulio Gonzalez, Antonio Esparragoza, Leo Gamez, Jesus Rojas, David Griman, Eloy Rojas, Antonio Cermeno, Alimi Goitia, ...
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:58:12 -0800

There were the great unsung champions, men like Antonio Esparragoza and Virgil Hill. Somehow there was still Roberto Duran, somehow still fighting for titles. Suffice to say, this has been a harder task than the corresponding list for Boxing's Five ...
Tue, 04 Dec 2012 09:15:18 -0800

...!Kameda-Ruiz por titulo WBA en Japon el 4 de Diciembre El 4 de diciembre, el campeon mundial "interino" de peso gallo de la AMB el Mexicano Hugo "Cuatito" Ruiz (31-1, 28 KOs) se enfrentará al campeon mundial "regular" campeón de peso gallo el ...

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