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Wilfredo Benitez Honored With a Statue in Puerto Rico

By Rey Colon

An emotional Wilfredo "El Radar" Benitez, the youngest world champion in history (17 years) and the first three division Latin American world champion in history (140, 147, 154 pounds), could hardly believe the unveiling of a the statue in his honor at the Sports Museum in Guaynabo.

Benitez, who turns 54 on September 12 and whose health is impaired, became champion of the WBA at junior welterweight on March 6, 1976 - by winning a 15-round split decision over Antonio "Kid Pambelé 'Cervantes in Hiram Bithorn Stadium. One judge, Roberto Ramirez, favored him 147-142.

He finished his career with a record of 53-8-1 with 31 knockouts. He began in 1973 and stopped fighting in 1990.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HUGOBOX on 03-15-2012

[B]I don't know that he deserves it as much as some here think he does, they should have given him more affortable medical treatment as he needs that way more than a statue.....:dunno:[/B]

Comment by xurius on 03-14-2012

Don't feel sorry for these old time greats man. A lesser known fighter name Gerald Mccellen (I think, the guy who fought Nigel Benn and got comatose) actually said a great quote. ' dont feel sorry for boxers because in…

Comment by MJ223 on 03-14-2012

[B]Respect......[/B]

Comment by richardt on 03-14-2012

A very special person and very special fighter. One of my 10 favorite of all-time. Please google search for his name and donations because he does take donations to help his family take care of him.

Comment by Cuauhtémoc1520 on 03-14-2012

"El Radar" dude was a beast. He was the complete fighter. I remember watching him and thinking nobody is ever going to beat this guy and then he fought Leonard and it made you understand how great Leonard was. He…

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