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Fighters visit Wilfred Benitez
Team Puerto Rico Boxing
In a short celebration today, Team Puerto Rico Boxing visited the home of three-time world champion and Puerto Rican hero Wilfred “The Radar” Benitez and awarded him the rank of Honorary Captain of the professional boxing team. They also made a donation to his care of $2000. In an atmosphere of camaraderie and appreciation “El Radar” graciously accepted the honor from Team Puerto Rico in front of his sister Yvonne Benítez, his nephews and immediate family. Benitez was world boxing champion in three different weight divisions and the youngest world champion in boxing history.
“Being able to help a boxing hero such as Benítez is not only an honor, but a duty for all the joy he provided to this island. To be in his presence and be able to help him is something I will never forget,” said Javier Bustillo, president of Universal Promotions.
Because of a decline in his health, family have taken over the daily care of this great fighter.
On behalf of the Benitez family, Yvonne Benitez added, “I will never forget this gift from Team Puerto Rico. We are very grateful for the money and the position that has been awarded to my brother, as an Honorary Captain. Thanks to Team Puerto Rico’s boxers and its promoters who were here to support my dear brother.”
Team Puerto Rico Boxing is composed of the highly decorated fighters: César “Junito” Seda, Jr. (20-1, 15 KOs), José “Sniper” Pedraza (2-0, 2 KOs), Thomas Dulorme (11-0, 10 KOs),Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs), Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs), Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs), Kenny “Batllestar” Galarza (14-1, 14 KOs) and Jorge “Machito” Maysonet (3-0, 2 KOs).
“I’ve seen many of his fights and his skill was of another level, Benitez was truly special. I feel very good to be able to help,” said Seda, Jr.
For his part, José Pedraza said, “I grew up watching him fight and it was impressive to see him in action. He had it all. It’s really special to me, to see him in person.”
The presentation to Benitez was put together by the companies promoting Team Puerto Rico: Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing.
May 30th, 2011
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