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José Ángel Nápoles, nicknamed Mantequilla ("Butter", referring to his smooth boxing style), (born April 13, 1940), is a Cuban-Mexican boxer and former World Welterweight Champion.[1] He is frequently ranked as one of the greatest fighters of all time in that division and is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.[2] His record of the most wins in unified championship bouts in boxing history, shared with Muhammad Ali, was unbeaten for 40 years. After debuting professionally in Cuba, he fought out of Mexico and became a Mexican citizen.[3]

José Nápoles
José Nápoles c1973.jpg
Nápoles c. 1973
Statistics
Real nameJosé Ángel Nápoles
Nickname(s)Mantequilla
Weight(s)Welterweight
Height5' 7½" / 171cm
Reach72" / 183cm
NationalityCuban, Mexican
Born (1940-04-13) April 13, 1940 (age 79)
Santiago de Cuba
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights88
Wins81
Wins by KO54
Losses7
Draws0
No contests0

Contents

MexicoEdit

 
Boxing glove of Mantequilla Nápoles at El Dux de Venecia bar in Mexico City.

He debuted as a professional boxer on August 2, 1958 in Cuba, knocking out Julio Rojas in the first round. Nápoles' first 21 bouts were in Cuba, against mostly unknown competition. He did beat Ángel García and Leslie Grant, but lost to Hilton Smith (in his first defeat).

After beating Enrique Carabeo in March 1961, Nápoles found himself a new challenge, outside of the ring; Cuban president Fidel Castro banned professional boxing in Cuba, and Nápoles soon found his career in jeopardy.

He found asylum in Mexico, where he soon found himself back inside the ring, beating Enrique Camarena by a knockout in two rounds on July 21, 1962. He won all four of his fights that year.

In 1963, he won seven bouts and lost two. He was defeated by Tony Perez and Alfredo Urbina, both by decision, but he beat JC Morgan, by knockout in seven rounds, in Venezuela.

1964 was a successful year for Nápoles. He travelled to Japan, where he beat Taketeru Yoshimoto by knockout in round one, and he beat future world champion Carlos Morocho Hernández by knockout in round seven, this time back in Venezuela. In addition to those wins, he avenged his loss to Urbina by knocking him out twice, the first time in the first round and the second time in the third.

He won three more fights in 1965, including another win against Morgan, before seeing a raise in opposition quality when he faced the former world Junior Welterweight champion Eddie Perkins, beating him by decision in ten rounds. For his next fight, he met his own future world title challenger, Adolph Pruitt, beating him by knockout in round three.

In 1966, he won five fights, all by knockout, and lost one, to arch-rival Morgan, who knocked him out in round four. This would be his last loss in four years.

Welterweight championEdit

Nápoles began a streak of 20 wins in a row, 13 of them before challenging for the world's welterweight title. These included avenging the loss to Morgan with a two-round knockout. During this period, Nápoles also became a fan favorite in southern California, and, after beating Fate Davis, on February 15 of 1969 in Mexico, he was given an opportunity to win the world championship when he faced the current champion Curtis Cokes in Inglewood, on April 18. Nápoles beat Cokes by a knockout in round 13 to become world welterweight champion, and, as was becoming common place for him, he wore a sombrero after the fight. On June 29, he retained the title in a rematch with Cokes by a knockout in round 10 in his hometown of Mexico City, and on October 12, he outpointed former world champion Emile Griffith in 15, also retaining the title.

Loss of titleEdit

Nápoles began the 1970s, by defeating Ernie "Indian Red" Lopez by a knockout in round 15 in front of an audience that included former world champion Sugar Ray Robinson on February 14, 1970. But after winning two non-title bouts, he suffered an upset when he was stopped due to be cut in four rounds by Carmen Basilio's nephew Billy Backus, who took the world's Welterweight title from Nápoles on December 3 at Syracuse.

Regaining the titleEdit

After winning one more fight, he and Backus fought again, for the world welterweight title now in Backus' hands. This time, it was held in Los Angeles, and Nápoles recovered the world championship via an 8th round stoppage. After three non-title wins, including one over Jean Josselin, he faced Hedgemon Lewis on December 14, retaining the world title with a decision in 15 rounds, but Nápoles' training habits were suffering; he was alleged to be coming into the gym stinking of alcohol with an attitude towards his seconds.

In 1972, he retained the title knocking out Ralph Charles in seven in England, and then, Pruitt resurfaced again, this time with the world Welterweight title on the line. Nápoles retained his crown by knockout in round two.

World traveller Nápoles began 1973 by retaining the title against Lopez again, by knockout in seven, then he visited Grenoble, France, where he retained the crown with a 15-round decision over Roger Menetrey, and Toronto, Ontario, Canada where he beat Clyde Gray, once again retaining the world title with a 15-round decision.

MiddleweightEdit

After this, many boxing fans were asking for a fight between Nápoles and World Middleweight Champion Carlos Monzón. The fight was made possible when Nápoles moved in weight to challenge Monzon for Monzon's title, so the two dueled on February 9, 1974 at a parking lot in Paris. This would be Nápoles' only bout at the Middleweight division, as he was defeated by quitting the match. Nápoles then went back to the Welterweight division, and retained the title twice before the year ended, with a knockout in nine over Lewis, and with a knockout in three over Horacio Saldaño.

In 1975, Nápoles had two wins over Armando Muniz, both times to retain his world title. The first time, a technical decision win in 12 rounds at Acapulco was a controversial win, so a return match was fought in Los Angeles, where Nápoles prevailed by decision.

RetirementEdit

On December 6 of that year, however, Nápoles lost his title to British boxing teacher John H. Stracey, who won over Nápoles by a technical knockout in round six at Mexico City despite being floored by Nápoles in round one. After this fight, Nápoles announced his retirement. Remarkably, he was able to stay away from the temptation of a comeback, much like Marvin Hagler.

Nápoles had a final record of 78 wins and 7 losses, with 55 wins by knockout, which makes him a member of the exclusive group of boxers that won 50 or more fights by knockout in their careers.

Personal lifeEdit

Napoles is the son of Pedro Napoles, a schoolteacher, and his wife Rosa. He has a brother, Pedro Jr. Napoles has nine children.[4] He resides in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico with his wife Bertha.[5]

Napoles co-starred with superstar Santo in a 1974 Mexican wrestler/horror film called Santo en la venganza de la llorona, aka Santo and Mantequilla Napoles in the Revenge of the Crying Woman.

HonorsEdit

In 1985, Nápoles was inducted into The Ring boxing hall of fame, and in 1990 into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
88 fights 81 wins 7 losses
By knockout 54 4
By decision 26 3
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
88 Loss 81–7   John H Stracey TKO 6 (15) Dec 06, 1976   Monumental Plaza de Toros México, Mexico City Lost WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
87 Win 81–6   Armando Muniz UD 15 Jul 12, 1976   Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City Retained WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
86 Win 80–6   Armando Muniz TD 12 (15) Mar 29, 1975   Centro Internacional Acapulco, Acapulco Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
85 Win 79–6   Horacio Agustin KO 3 (15) Dec 14, 1974   Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
84 Win 78–6   Hedgemon Lewis TKO 9 (15) Aug 03, 1974   Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
83 Loss 77–6   Carlos Monzon RTD 6 (15) Feb 09, 1974   Puteaux For WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
82 Win 77–5   Clyde Gray UD 15 Sep 22, 1973   Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
81 Win 76–5   Roger Menetrey UD 15 Jun 23, 1973   Palais des Sports, Grenoble Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
80 Win 75–5   Ernie Lopez KO 7 (15) Feb 28, 1973   Forum, Inglewood Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
79 Win 74–5   Edmundo Leite TKO 2 (10) Aug 05, 1972   Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City
78 Win 73–5   Adolph Pruitt TKO 2 (15) Jun 10, 1972   Plaza de Toros Monumental, Monterrey Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
77 Win 72–5   Ralph Charles KO 7 (15) Mar 28, 1972   Empire Pool, Wembley Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
76 Win 71–5   Hedgemon Lewis UD 15 Dec 14, 1971   Forum, Inglewood Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
75 Win 70–5   Esteban Alfredo Osuna UD 10 Oct 16, 1971   Arena Mexico, Mexico City
74 Win 69–5   Jean Josselin KO 5 (10) Aug 23, 1971   Forum, Inglewood
73 Win 68–5   David Melendez TKO 5 (10) Jul 31, 1971   Arena Coliseo, Monterrey
72 Win 67–5   Billy Backus TKO 8 (15) Jun 04, 1971   Forum, Inglewood Won WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
71 Win 66–5   Manuel Gonzalez KO 6 (10) Mar 27, 1971   Arena Mexico, Mexico City
70 Loss 65–5   Billy Backus TKO 4 (15) Dec 03, 1970   War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse Lost WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
69 Win 65–4   Pete Toro TKO 9 (10) Oct 05, 1970   Madison Square Garden, New York
68 Win 64–4   Fighting Mack KO 3 (10) Aug 14, 1970   Forum, Inglewood
67 Win 63–4   Ernie Lopez TKO 15 (15) Feb 14, 1970   Forum, Inglewood Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
66 Win 62–4   Emile Griffith UD 15 Oct 17, 1969   Forum, Inglewood Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
65 Win 61–4   Curtis Cokes RTD 10 (15) Jun 29, 1969   Monumental Plaza de Toros México, Mexico City Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
64 Win 60–4   Curtis Cokes RTD 13 (15) Apr 18, 1969   Forum, Inglewood Won WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
63 Win 59–4   Fate Davis TKO 6 (10) Feb 15, 1969   Arena Mexico, Mexico City
62 Win 58–4   Lennox Beckles KO 1 (10) Dec 22, 1968   Monumental Plaza de Toros México, Mexico City
61 Win 57–4   Des Rea TKO 5 (10) Nov 04, 1968   Forum, Inglewood
60 Win 56–4   Eddie Pace UD 10 Jul 15, 1968   Plaza de Toros, Tijuana
59 Win 55–4   Leroy Roberts TKO 1 (10) Jun 14, 1968   Forum, Inglewood
58 Win 54–4   Peter Cobblah PTS 10 Jun 02, 1968   Monumental Plaza de Toros México, Mexico City
57 Win 53–4   Herbie Lee TKO 6 (10) Apr 29, 1968   Plaza de Toros, Tijuana
56 Win 52–4   Mike Cruz TKO 4 (10) Feb 18, 1968   Tampico
55 Win 51–4   Charlie Watson KO 6 (10) Sep 11, 1967   Merida
54 Win 50–4   Johnny DePeiza TKO 1 (10) Sep 11, 1967   Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez
53 Win 49–4   LC Morgan TKO 2 (10) Jul 10, 1967   Plaza de Toros, Tijuana
52 Win 48–4   Johnny Brooks KO 7 (10) Jun 04, 1967   Merida
51 Win 47–4   Eugenio Espinoza TKO 6 (10) Dec 17, 1966   El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City
50 Win 46–4   Jimmy Fields TKO 10 (10) Oct 30, 1966   Plaza de Toros Fermin Rivera, San Luis Potosi
49 Loss 45–4   LC Morgan TKO 4 (10) Aug 22, 1966   Estadio Adolfo López Mateos, Reynosa
48 Win 45–3   Humberto Trottman KO 2 (10) Jul 27, 1966   Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez
47 Win 44–3   Al Grant TKO 4 (10) Apr 17, 1966   Reynosa
46 Win 43–3   Johnny Santos KO 3 (10) Feb 12, 1966   Monumental Plaza de Toros México, Mexico City
45 Win 42–3   Aldolph Pruitt TKO 3 (10) Dec 11, 1965   El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City
44 Win 41–3   Eddie Perkins UD 10 Aug 03, 1965   Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez
43 Win 40–3   Giordano Campari TKO 2 (10) Mar 25, 1965   Nuevo Circo, Caracas
42 Win 39–3   LC Morgan KO 3 (10) Feb 28, 1965   Plaza de Toros Monumental, Monterrey
41 Win 38–3   Carlos Rios KO 5 (10) Jan 01, 1965   Plaza de Toros, Torreon
40 Win 37–3   Alfredo Urbino KO 3 (10) Nov 14, 1964   El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City
39 Win 36–3   Eduardo Moreno TKO 5 (12) Aug 15, 1964   Culiacan
38 Win 35–3   Carlos Morocho Hernandez TKO 7 (10) Jun 22, 1964   Nuevo Circo, Caracas
37 Win 34–3   Alfredo Urbina TKO 1 (10) Apr 25, 1964   Mexico City
36 Win 33–3   Taketeru Yoshimoto KO 1 (8) Mar 01, 1964   Kokugikan
35 Win 32–3   LC Morgan KO 7 (10) Nov 30, 1963   Caracas
34 Win 31–3   Tony Perez TKO 3 (10) Nov 16, 1963   Mexico City
33 Win 30–3   Francisco Cancio KO 1 (10) Oct 23, 1963   Mexico City
32 Win 29–3   Pulga Serrano TKO 10 (10) Aug 19, 1963   Tijuana
31 Win 28–3   Baby Vasquez PTS 10 Jul 13, 1963   Arena Mexico, Mexico City
30 Win 27–3   Raul Soriano KO 4 (10) May 27, 1963   Tijuana
29 Loss 26–3   Alfredo Urbina PTS 10 Apr 27, 1963   Mexico City
28 Win 26–2   Baby Vasquez UD 10 Mar 30, 1963   Arena Mexico, Mexico City
27 Win 25–2   Baby Gutierrez TKO 7 (10) Feb 09, 1963   Mexico City
26 Loss 24–2   Tony Perez SD 10 Jan 05, 1963   Plaza de Toros, Hermosillo
25 Win 24–1   Tony Perez PTS 10 Nov 10, 1962   Plaza de Toros, Los Mochis
24 Win 23–1   Bobby Cervantes TKO 1 (10) Sep 29, 1962   Mexico City
23 Win 22–1   Kid Anahuac KO 9 (10) Aug 25, 1962   Mexico City
22 Win 21–1   Enrique Camarena KO 2 (10) Jul 21, 1962   Mexico City
21 Win 20–1   Angel Robinson Garcia PTS 10 Jun 03, 1961   Havana
20 Win 19–1   Rolando Chico Morales UD 10 Mar 18, 1961   Havana
19 Win 18–1   Guillermo Valdez UD 10 Jan 28, 1961   Havana
18 Win 17–1   Tony Padron DQ 5 (10) Dec 17, 1960   Palacio de Deportes, Havana
17 Win 16–1   Rolando Chico Morales PTS 10 Nov 26, 1960   Havana
16 Win 15–1   Tony Padron UD 10 Oct 15, 1960   Coliseo Nacional, Havana
15 Win 14–1   Bunny Grant PTS 10 Jul 02, 1960   Havana
14 Win 13–1   Angel Robinson Garcia PTS 10 May 21, 1960   Havana
13 Win 12–1   Diwaldo Ventosa UD 10 Feb 20, 1960   Coliseo de la Ciudad, Havana
12 Win 11–1   Isaac Espinosa UD 10 Jan 02, 1960   Coliseo de la Ciudad, Havana
11 Win 10–1   Bobby Cervantes TKO 1 (10) Nov 28, 1959   Arena Trejo, Havana
10 Win 9–1   Augusto Narvalle UD 8 Nov 14, 1959   Coliseo de la Ciudad, Havana
9 Win 8–1   Cristobal Gonzalez UD 8 Oct 03, 1959   Coliseo de la Ciudad, Havana
8 Loss 7–1   Hilton Smith UD 8 Aug 22, 1959   Coliseo Nacional, Havana
7 Win 7–0   Clodoaldo Hernandez UD 8 Jul 25, 1959   Coliseo Nacional, Havana
6 Win 6–0   Clodoaldo Hernandez TKO 3 (6) Jul 11, 1959   Coliseo Nacional, Havana
5 Win 5–0   Juan Bacallo TKO 4 (6) May 16, 1959   Coliseo Nacional, Havana
4 Win 4–0   Armando Castillo PTS 4 Feb 21, 1959   Coliseo de la Ciudad, Havana
3 Win 3–0   Felix Pomares TKO 2 (4) Nov 29, 1958   Havana
2 Win 2–0   Euripides Guerra TKO 4 (4) Oct 11, 1958   Coliseo Nacional, Havana
1 Win 1–0   Julio Rojas TKO 1 (4) Aug 02, 1958   Coliseo Nacional, Havana


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Lineal Welterweight Champs". Cyber Boxing Zone.
  2. ^ "Jose (Mantequilla) Napoles". International Boxing Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  3. ^ https://www.si.com/vault/1971/06/14/611584/everythings-rosy-with-jose
  4. ^ Video on YouTube
  5. ^ http://theboxingtribune.com/2015/05/14/azucar-the-tale-of-two-cuban-mexican-boxers/

External linksEdit

Achievements
Preceded by
Curtis Cokes
World Welterweight Champion
April 18, 1969 – December 3, 1970
Succeeded by
Billy Backus
Preceded by
Billy Backus
World Welterweight Champion
June 4, 1971–October 28, 1975
Succeeded by
John H. Stracey
WBA Welterweight Champion
June 4, 1971–1975
Stripped
Succeeded by
Ángel Espada
WBC Welterweight Champion
June 4, 1971 – October 28, 1975
Succeeded by
John H. Stracey