On this day in history, Benitez defeats Duran to retain WBC crown
January 30, 1982
Wilfred Benitez dominated Roberto Duran to retain his WBC super welterweight title at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Puerto Rican great Benitez, famed for his defensive skills, unexpectedly went toe-to-toe with Duran, who had won 74 of his 76 fights, 56 by knockout.
Benitez, 23, attacked from the opening bell and dazzled the Panamanian with right-hand leads on the way to securing victory via unanimous decision after 15 rounds