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Boxing in the ‘80’s was probably the last decade that held my interest in boxing.

The welterweight and middleweight classes had some great boxers and some great match-ups.

I will try and post about a certain boxer and see if any others can contribute. 

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Wilfred Benitez 

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Benitez is basically a vegetable now suffering from the symptoms of CTE.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-wilfred-benitez-health-chicago-20180615-story.html

I remember Benitez’s fight against Sugar Ray Leonard in which Leonard won and caltured the welterweight title. I believe that was on network television.

I was reading that Benitez had a very bad cocaine habit. I am not sure if this helped him or hurt him in the ring.

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The first half of the 1980s was a fun time to be a boxing fan because at least one, two or all three of CBS, NBC, and ABC usually had fights on their package shows over the course of a weekend; CBS Sports Saturday/CBS Sports Sunday, NBC Sportsworld, and ABC Wide World of Sports. The heavyweight division was considered down in the post Ali/pre Tyson era, but you could see plenty of action filled bouts with the lighter weight boxers beneath middle weight, especially after Sugar Ray Leonard retired and opened up the welterweight division. Ray Mancini, Alexis Arguello, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Bazooka Limon, and Bobby Chacon were among the fighters. By the late 1980s that late 1970s to mid 1980s golden age was subsiding. The fighters who'd made that era so fun were either done or had graduated to fighting on HBO or CCTV as well as PPV. There were fewer fighters and fights that the networks could afford to show. The last real attempt at doing something like this was in the mid 1990s when CBS put some fights on due to losing the rights to the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NCAA Football, leaving it with a ton of airtime to fill. Even then, the number of quality fights and fighters was low while the general interest in boxing had dramatically declined.

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I use to play softball with a guy named David Vedder. He fought Twice for the lightweight championship. Both times against Jeff Harding and losing by decision. Last time I heard he was an exotic dancer in Philly.



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My memory is going on some of these things but, I think there was a tite fight between Vito Antuofermo and Marvin Hagler on that same card as the Benitez vs. Leonard match. If it was not on the same card, it was on the same type of network show.

Hagler had beaten up on Antuofermo, but the match either ended in a draw or victory decision to Antuofermo, I believe.

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Antuofermo vs. Hagler 1979

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The first Hagler vs Antuofermo match was November 30, 1979


When A Tie Is Better Than Kissing Your Sister


By Pat Putnam, Sports Illustrated

For Mills Lane, who refereed the brawling, bloody middleweight title fight which preceded the Leonard-Benitez bout at Caesars Palace, the outcome was as apparent as the many cuts on Vito Antuofermo's craggy face. Moving quickly to the corner of Marvin Hagler, Mills directed the challenger to turn and face the ABC-TV cameras. "Congratulations," Mills murmured. "Now stay facing this way until they announce the decision and I raise your arm."

Across the way, little Freddie Brown, the ancient cutman, was busily anointing Antuofermo's torn features with his magic wound solution. There were six cuts; 25 stitches would be required to close four of them.

"You win it in the last round," Brown rasped, working swiftly. He didn't want Vito--a 4--1 underdog in his first title defense--to be bleeding when they told him he was still champion.
But surely the referee and the bettors were right and Brown was not.

And then they read the astonishing decision:

Judge Dalby Shirley: 144--142 for Antuofermo.
Judge Duane Ford: 145--141 for Hagler.
And Judge Hal Miller: 143--143.
A draw. And draws go to the champion.

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I enjoyed Boxing a ton back then, and even earlier in the 70's. I still watch occasionally these days when I come across it but it isn't the same...and I won't fork over 75 bucks for a PPV with guys I don't know in the featured bouts. That was what the network tv shows were the best for: getting to know a lot of these guys as they ascended to stardom.

With no HBO Boxing anymore, I don't see my interest expanding...or probably even holding the same level as it does now. The Showtime presentations are lousy IMO, and presentation is pretty huge for me as a now-casual fan.



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Boxing in the 80's had many great fighters and many great fights and the late 70's with James Scott I think it was and the Rahway State Prison fights was something to behold. 
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran " no mas" was fantastic drama IMO.
Now I can't even name 10 boxers total but back then I'd get The Ring and recognize dozens upon dozens of names in the rankings across all weight classes.
Much like in wrestling where in the 80's the Territories died Boxing as most of us who were fans then ceased to become the spectacle it once was.



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Sugar Ray Leonard 





First world title Ray Leonard was a title bought against champion Wilfred Benitez. He fought Wilfred Benitez for the WBC Welterweight Championship on November 30, 1979, at Caeser’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. There was a capacity crowd of about 4,600. Leonard received $1 million and Benitez, a two-division champion with a record of 38–0–1, received $1.2 million.

It was a highly competitive and tactical battle. In the first round, Leonard rocked Benitez with a left hook that came off a jab and right cross. Late in the third, Leonard dropped Benitez on the seat of his pants with a stiff left jab. More embarrassed than hurt, Benitez got up quickly. Benitez started improving in the fourth, slipping numerous punches and finding the range with his right hand. "I wasn't aware I was in a championship early because I hit him so easy", Leonard said. "But then he adjusted to my style. It was like looking in a mirror".

In the sixth, there was an accidental clash of heads, which opened a cut on the forehead of Benitez. Blood flowed down his forehead and the bridge of his nose but stayed out of his eyes.

Leonard landed the harder punches and had Benitez hurt several times late in the fight, but Leonard couldn't put him away. Benitez was very slick. "No one, I mean no one, can make me miss punches like that", Leonard said.

Going into the final round, Leonard led by scores of 137–130, 137–133, and 136–134. The two went toe-to-toe in the fifteenth. Late in the round, Leonard dropped Benitez with a left. He got up, but after a few more punches, the referee stopped the fight. The time was 2:54 of round fifteen.

The Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring named Leonard "Fighter of the Year" for 1979.




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I was never a Ray Leonard fan, even as a kid I rooted against him right from the first time I saw him. His draw the second time around vs Hearns and his robbery of Hagler just solidified in my head that he was protected.

Imagine a fight between him and Floyd Mayweather. God I'd hope for an earthquake to swallow up the ring before a decision was rendered lol...



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LOL

I also was not a Ray Leonard fan. I was rooting for Benitez in their bout.

Leonard’s comeback was disgusting. There was almost nothing that could stop them from creating their “boxing marketing” champion.

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I enjoyed Marvin Johnson, Alfredo Escalera and Bump City Bumphus, off the top of my head. I recall a big to-do about Tyrell Biggs going from amateur to pro. And seeing Warren Zevon perform "Boom Boom Mancini" always stirs up these old memories.

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