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Old 04-20-2012, 08:43 AM   #1
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Default Angel 'Cholo' Espada vs. Jose 'Pipino' Cuevas

July 17, 1976

Just how did Jose 'Pipino' Cuevas get a WBA Title Shot versus
Angel Espada.

Pipino had lost his last bout, a 10-Round Decision to 'California Cutey'
Andy Price in Los Angeles, only 6-weeks earlier, on June 2, 1976.

Pipino, who was the #6 WBA Welterweight before the Andy Price bout, fell
to the #9 WBA Welterweight.

With a 'spotty record' of 15-6-0 (13 KO's), the 18 1/2 year-old had
the 'modest' claim being the Mexican Welterweight Champion.
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Fact finding,,,,,,,Pipino was actually a replacement fighter, for Jose 'Mantequilla' Napoles.

Originally, Angel Espada was going to fight comebacking 36 year-old
former World Champion, Jose Napoles in April 1976, and in Mexico City.
But, Jose Napoles was not in top condition for the April bout, and the bout was
cancelled, and re-scheduled for July 1976, and in Mexicali, Baja California.

Angel Espada, in the interim, then fought Alfonso Hayman in a
non-title bout on April 21, 1976, which he won by KO 8.

In early-July, with a WBA Champipnship bout scheduled for July 17, 1976,
former Champion Jose Napoles pulls out of the bout, claiming he is not performing well
in training, and will retire from the ring.

The promoters quickly put together a WBA Championship bout, with Champion Angel Espada
facing a powerful, but a raw and limited skilled 18 1/2 year-old, Jose 'Pipino' Cuevas.

Angel Espada and his manager Yamil Chade approved Pipino Cuevas as an opponent,
after witnessing him fight in Los Angeles, versus Andy 'The Hawk' Price.

The 28 1/2 year-old WBA Welterweight Champion, with a record of 36-7-4 (20 KO's) will be
making the 2nd Defense of his Title.

The Champion is listed as a 5-1 betting-favorite.

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