La Mantequilla, WBC Welterweight Champion Jose Napoles of Mexico, Dies at 79
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Cuidad Juarez, Mexico (August 17th, 2019)– Jose ‘La Mantequilla’ Napoles, the longtime World Boxing Council World Welterweight champion who fought between 1958 and 1975 with a ring record of 81 wins and seven losses, with 54 knockouts, has died in his native Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, after a long illness at age 79. Napoles’ passing was announced by the World Boxing Council.
Napoles won the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council World Welterweight title in April 1969 with a fourth-round stoppage of Curtis Cokes at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Napoles fought in 21 consecutive world title bouts. He did not Come out for the seventh round in an attempt to win the World Middleweight title from Carlos Monzon in February 1974. Napoles fought his last bout in December 1975, dropping Britain’s John Stracey in the first round, but eventually getting stopped on cuts in the sixth round and losing his WBC World Welterweight title after a seven year championship run.
Napoles is survived by his wife bertha, his nine children, and his brother Pedro Napoles Jr.