Antonio Esparragoza

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Antonio Esparragoza
Statistics
Real nameAntonio Esparragoza
Weight(s)Featherweight
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
NationalityVenezuelan
Born(1959-09-02)September 2, 1959
Cumana, Venezuela
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights36
Wins30
Wins by KO27
Losses2
Draws4
No contests0

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.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Steve Cruz
WBA Featherweight Champion
March 6, 1987 - March 30, 1991
Succeeded by
Park Yong-kyun
The Ring featherweight champion
March 6, 1987 - 1990
Title discontinued until 2002
Vacant
Title next held by
Marco Antonio Barrera
Lineal Featherweight Champion
March 6, 1987 - March 30, 1991
Succeeded by
Park Yong-kyun