Sugar Ray Leonard wins his first world title towards legendary Puerto Rican
SUGAR RAY LEONARD w rsf 15 WILFRED BENITEZ
Nov 30, 1979; Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV
IN the primary world title combat of his profession, Leonard challenged two-weight titlist Benitez for the WBC welterweight crown. The champion received off to a nasty begin when he was knocked down by a rapier jab within the third spherical. This setback appeared to spark him into life, as from the fourth onwards he started to make Leonard miss. Nevertheless, a nasty minimize led to by a conflict of heads in spherical six didn’t assist Benitez’s trigger. The 2 supreme stylists cancelled one another out for a lot of the competition, however Leonard landed the higher photographs general. The fifteenth and ultimate body was essentially the most action-packed of the combat, with a Leonard left dropping Benitez to 1 knee. Upon the resumption, a follow-up assault from Leonard led the referee to halt the bout with simply six seconds left.
DID YOU KNOW? The boxers’ mixed purse of $2.2m made this the richest non-heavyweight combat in historical past on the time.
WATCH OUT FOR: The extraordinary staredown that the 2 fighters interact in forward of the primary bell. The nose-to-nose face-off appears to final an age.