Throw Back Friday! “El Radar” Wilfredo Bennitez
Mistakenly forgotten & over shadowed by the Four Kings, Duran, Leonard, Hagler, & Hearns. Wilfredo was a phenom. Turning pro at 15 and becoming the youngest World Champion in boxing history at 17 years old!
He is also a 3 division champion winning titles at Junior welterweight, welterweight, & junior middle weight.
He was the youngest three-time World Champion ever at 22 years old!
He beat the great “Manos de Piedra” (Hands of Stone) Robert Duran lost a majority decision to “The Hit-man” Tommy Hearns while standing in front of Tommy’s lethal power & making him miss.
Wilfredo fought brilliantly & elusively off the ropes. He was aggressive while being a defensive wizard. He possessed excellent power icing many. One being Maurice Hope whom he KO’d in the 12th round and was KO of the year in 1981.
During his prime, he trained off of cocaine, liquor, & women. His natural talent allowed him to dominate many, but not Sugar Ray Leonard who stopped him in the 15th round with 6 seconds left.
Oscar De La Hoya ran from Trinidad’s power. Wilfredo Benitez stayed in the pocket in front of fight ending power & slipped, dipped, weaved, rolled, turned, pivoted, and countered off that defense because he was in position. THAT is a fighter and that is boxing!
“El Radar” is the 5th King. He belongs in the 4 Kings remembrance. One of Puerto Ricos best!
Watch this phenom at his best.