Carlos Palomino vs Wilfred Benitez
Benitez's father, Gregorio Benitez, who had managed and trained his son from the beginning of his career, sold Wilfred's managerial contract to Jim Jacobs and Bill Cayton for $75,000 in 1977. The following year, Jacobs hired former welterweight and middleweight champion Emile Griffith to train Wilfred. Gregorio was not happy with the hiring. "You may be his manager now, but I'm still his trainer," he told Jacobs. "You can both train him," Jacobs responded. The arrangement did not go smoothly.
The 29-year-old Palomino entered the fight as the World Boxing Council and The Ring Welterweight Champion.
Clayton's score for Palomino was controversial, as most thought Benitez had clearly won the fight. Pat Putnam called Clayton's score "a shocker" and wrote: "The decision shouldn't have been close."