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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 making the first defense of the WBA Featherweight title against Pascual Aranda on July 26, 1987 in Houston, Texas.

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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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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 ...

El Universal (Venezuela)

El Tiempo
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:44:58 -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 ...

Eurosport.com ASIA

Eurosport.com ASIA
Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:37:10 -0800

Antonio Esparragoza for the WBA feather). Takoucht, 28, the IBF 5(3), had run up 6 wins and a technical draw after losing to Miskirtchian in 2011. Battelo vs. Lakatos Despite being shaken in the first round veteran Battelo eventually took charge and ...
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 ...
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, ...
BoxingInsider.com (blog)
Fri, 28 Oct 2011 09:29:53 -0700

Other boxers he guided to world titles include 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, ...


Mon, 06 Oct 2014 06:30:00 -0700

El debate concluyó con la estructuración de una plataforma de lucha que debe conducir a la consolidación del proyecto bolivariano-chavista y la construcción del socialismo, informaron Antonio Esparragoza, Emalida Viloria y Rubén Mendoza, miembros de ...
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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