This Day in Boxing

Wilfred Benitez KOs Maurice Hope This Day May 23, 1981

 

Wilfred Benitez KOs Maurice Hope This Day May 23, 1981

 

  • Wilfred Benitez 153¼ lbs
  • Maurice Hope 153½ lbs
  • KO at 1:56 in round 12 of 15
  • Location: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Referee: Richard Greene
  • Judge: Joe Swessel 107-102
  • Judge: Chuck Minker 107-101
  • Judge: Duane Ford 107-103

 

Notes:

Benitez was a 2 to 1 favorite.

Hope made $450,000 and Benitez got $175,000.

The fight took place at the Caesars Palace Sports Pavilion.

Benitez knocked out Hope with an overhand right.

Benitez became the first boxer in 43 years (since Henry Armstrong) to win world titles in three weight divisions.

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