Titles: WBA featherweight champion 1987-1991 Record: 30-2-4 Born: September 2, 1959 Cumana, Sucre, Venezuela Years active: 1981-1991 Nickname: None Esparragoza was a poor man's Alexis Arguello. His long arms and intelligent ring movements made him a threat to any fighter and kept him a champion for 4 years. Unlike other fighter coming out of Latin America Antonio did not live in poverty but still took up and loved the discipline of boxing from the age of 13. Esparragoza was a accomplished amateur and finished with a bronze medal at the 1978 world championships in Belgrade. In 1981 he turned pro and quickly his smooth boxing style won him fans in America and with the ranking bodies. Esparragoza often fought abroad and that was no different when he battled for the featherweight title. In the hometown of his opponent Steve Cruz the fast hands and long reach took the champion apart and the referee was forced to stop the one sided fight. That same summer Antonio returned to Texas where the fans accepted after his impressive win and demolished challenger Pascual Aranda in a brutal fashion. The next fight however proved more than challenging Esparragoza came away with a draw against future champion Marcos Villasana, a point deductions against Villasana for a low blow proved to be the difference as he could have won on points were it not for the violation. Because of political and economic problems Esparragoza traveled abroad to defend the title 4 more time and record knockout wins against good but not great opposition. In a 5th and final successful defense against Chan-Mok Park he traveled to Korea. Traveling back to Korea proved to be his undoing as Yung-Kyun Park took a points over Esparragoza. It was by all accounts a close fight and Antonio was by no means over hill but he finally gave in to the wishes of his mother and retired rather than campaign for another title shot.
1981 Feb 24 Anthony Wanza Cumana, Venezuela KO 2 Oct 1 Ramon Bolivar Maracay, Venezuela KO 2 Oct 31 Luis Solorzano Maracay, Venezuela KO 2 1982 Jan 25 David Siso Barquisimeto, Venezuela KO 3 Feb 1 Angel Torres Caracas KO by 6 May 10 Francisco Leta Cumana, Venezuela KO 5 May 24 Alejandro Garcia Cumana, Venezuela KO 2 Jun 21 Tito Roque Cumana, Venezuela KO 2 Jul 26 Angel Torres Cumana, Venezuela KO 9 Oct 4 Bernardo Piņango Caracas D 10 Nov 6 Freddy Pitalua Caracas W 10 1983 Feb 19 Antonio Rodriguez Cumana, Venezuela KO 3 Mar 26 Jose Mosqueda Catia La Mar, Venezuela KO 7 May 13 Alberto Parra Porlamar, Venezuela KO 3 Oct 1 Fabio Mosqueda Caracas KO 3 Dec 16 Ruben Veliz Ciudad Bolivar, Ven. KO 3 1984 May 15 Jose DeJesus Oranjestad, Venezuela KO 5 Jul 7 Eduardo Laguna Maracaibo, Venezuela KO 4 Aug 11 Jose Guerrero Oranjestad, Venezuela W 10 Oct 10 Bernardo Checa Isla Margarita, Ven. D 10 1985 Feb 2 Jeff Roberts San Juan KO 7 Feb 23 Joe Rivera San Domingo, D.R. KO 2 Apr 21 Johnny De La Rosa Oranjestad, Venezuela KO 5 1986 Feb 17 Jose Ortiz Turmero, Venezula KO 2 Mar 22 Bernardo Checa Turmero, Venezuela KO 2 May 19 Nelson Rodriguez San Juan D 10 1987 Jan 16 Octavio Quinones Phoenix KO 3 Mar 6 Steve Cruz Fort Worth, TX KO 12 (Wins WBA and World Featherweight Titles) Jul 26 Pascual Aranda Houston KO 10 (Retains World Featherweight Title) 1988 Jun 23 Marcos Villasana Los Angeles D 12 (Retains World Featherweight Title) Nov 5 Jose Marmolejo Marsala, Italy KO 8 (Retains World Featherweight Title) 1989 Mar 26 Mitsuru Sugiya Kawasaki, Japan KO 10 (Retains World Featherweight Title) Jun 2 Jean-Marc Renard Namur, Belgium KO 6 (Retains World Featherweight Title) Sep 22 Eduardo Fili Montoya Mexicali, Mexico KO 5 (Retains World Featherweight Title) 1990 May 12 Chan-Mok Park Seoul W 12 (Retains World Featherweight Title) 1991 Mar 30 Yong-Kyun Park Kwangju, South Korea L 12 (Loses World Featherweight Title)