The Bloody Battle of Bayamon

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The Bloody Battle of Bayamón was a boxing fight held on January 28, 1978 at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, between defending World Boxing Council world Jr.wikipedia
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Alexis Argüello

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The Bloody Battle of Bayamón was a boxing fight held on January 28, 1978 at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, between defending World Boxing Council world Jr. Lightweight champion Alfredo Escalera, and former World Boxing Association world Featherweight champion Alexis Argüello of Nicaragua.
After a successful fourth defense, Argüello moved up in weight to challenge world junior lightweight champion Alfredo Escalera in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, in what has been nicknamed The Bloody Battle of Bayamon by many.

Bayamón, Puerto Rico

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The Bloody Battle of Bayamón was a boxing fight held on January 28, 1978 at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, between defending World Boxing Council world Jr. Lightweight champion Alfredo Escalera, and former World Boxing Association world Featherweight champion Alexis Argüello of Nicaragua.
The famous boxing fight between Alexis Argüello and Alfredo Escalera dubbed The Bloody Battle of Bayamon (their first; their equally legendary rematch was held in Rimini, Italy) was held in Bayamón in 1978.

Alfredo Escalera

The Bloody Battle of Bayamón was a boxing fight held on January 28, 1978 at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, between defending World Boxing Council world Jr. Lightweight champion Alfredo Escalera, and former World Boxing Association world Featherweight champion Alexis Argüello of Nicaragua.
The first Arguello-Escalera encounter has been dubbed as "The Bloody Battle of Bayamon".

Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium

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The Bloody Battle of Bayamón was a boxing fight held on January 28, 1978 at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, between defending World Boxing Council world Jr. Lightweight champion Alfredo Escalera, and former World Boxing Association world Featherweight champion Alexis Argüello of Nicaragua.
The first boxing bout between Alfredo Escalera and Alexis Argüello dubbed The Bloody Battle of Bayamon, took place at the stadium on January 28, 1978.

Arthur Mercante Sr.

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Escalera began to bleed profusely again from his injuries, and referee Arthur Mercante stopped the fight, with Arguello winning the WBC world Jr. Lightweight title by a thirteenth round knockout.
Mercante was also the referee for many notable bouts, including the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight on March 8, 1971, the first bout between George Foreman and Joe Frazier, the first bout between Alexis Arguello and Alfredo Escalera, the Wilfredo Gomez-Lupe Pintor fight, the first bout between Edwin Rosario and Jose Luis Ramirez and Rosario's bout with Hector Camacho Sr..

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The Bloody Battle of Bayamón was a boxing fight held on January 28, 1978 at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, between defending World Boxing Council world Jr. Lightweight champion Alfredo Escalera, and former World Boxing Association world Featherweight champion Alexis Argüello of Nicaragua.

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The Bloody Battle of Bayamón was a boxing fight held on January 28, 1978 at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, between defending World Boxing Council world Jr. Lightweight champion Alfredo Escalera, and former World Boxing Association world Featherweight champion Alexis Argüello of Nicaragua.

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The Bloody Battle of Bayamón was a boxing fight held on January 28, 1978 at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, between defending World Boxing Council world Jr. Lightweight champion Alfredo Escalera, and former World Boxing Association world Featherweight champion Alexis Argüello of Nicaragua.

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The Bloody Battle of Bayamón was a boxing fight held on January 28, 1978 at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, between defending World Boxing Council world Jr. Lightweight champion Alfredo Escalera, and former World Boxing Association world Featherweight champion Alexis Argüello of Nicaragua.

Rubén Olivares

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He had to fight on the streets as a child to earn money, and became the WBA world Featherweight champion by defeating Rubén Olivares by a thirteenth round knockout in Los Angeles.

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He had to fight on the streets as a child to earn money, and became the WBA world Featherweight champion by defeating Rubén Olivares by a thirteenth round knockout in Los Angeles.

Wilfred Benítez

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Much like Arguello, he learned since he was a child to box and he was a member of a group of boxers from the area, like Wilfred Benítez, Wilfredo Gómez and Esteban De Jesús, to reach international fame status.

Wilfredo Gómez

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Much like Arguello, he learned since he was a child to box and he was a member of a group of boxers from the area, like Wilfred Benítez, Wilfredo Gómez and Esteban De Jesús, to reach international fame status.

Esteban de Jesús

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Much like Arguello, he learned since he was a child to box and he was a member of a group of boxers from the area, like Wilfred Benítez, Wilfredo Gómez and Esteban De Jesús, to reach international fame status.

Kuniaki Shibata

He was crowned WBC world Jr. Lightweight champion on July 5, 1975 when he knocked Kuniaki Shibata out in the second round in Japan.

Ramón Luis Rivera

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During a press conference before the fight, Bayamón mayor Ramon Luis Rivera presented both fighters with the symbolic key to the city of Bayamón.

Salsa music

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Escalera, as was typical of him, made his entrance to the sounds of salsa music and took a snake wrapped around his neck to the ring.

Rimini

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Escalera and Arguello had a rematch in Rimini, Italy on February 2, 1979.

Wrestling

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Escalera became a wrestler before returning to boxing, and had a strong comeback as a Lightweight, beating men like Maurice Watkins and Gene Hatcher before suffering a detached retina and retiring from boxing for good in 1983.

Maurice Watkins

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Escalera became a wrestler before returning to boxing, and had a strong comeback as a Lightweight, beating men like Maurice Watkins and Gene Hatcher before suffering a detached retina and retiring from boxing for good in 1983.

Gene Hatcher

Escalera became a wrestler before returning to boxing, and had a strong comeback as a Lightweight, beating men like Maurice Watkins and Gene Hatcher before suffering a detached retina and retiring from boxing for good in 1983.

Retina

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Escalera became a wrestler before returning to boxing, and had a strong comeback as a Lightweight, beating men like Maurice Watkins and Gene Hatcher before suffering a detached retina and retiring from boxing for good in 1983.

Jim Watt (boxer)

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Alexis Argüello won the WBC Lightweight title in 1981 by defeating Jim Watt in London, England, becoming only the sixth boxer in history, and the second Hispanic one, to hold world titles in three different divisions.

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Alexis Argüello won the WBC Lightweight title in 1981 by defeating Jim Watt in London, England, becoming only the sixth boxer in history, and the second Hispanic one, to hold world titles in three different divisions.