Re: Jose Napoles 'The Mark of Brilliance'
If you want to see an equal 'match-up' of what a Jose Napoles vs. Pernell Whitaker
bout would look like at 140 lbs.
Check out the result of the December 17, 1966 bout between 26 year-old 'Mantequilla' and
the great Ecuadorian - Eugencio Espinoza.
Espinoza was a 28 year-old 5' 5" 'dynamo', with a record of 51-4-4 (23 KO's) against
the best South American - Lightweights and Light-Welterweights. Before facing
Napoles, Espinoza was the #3 Light-Welterweight, and was unbeaten in '18-straight'.
This bout meant everything to the Ecuadorian, as if he had defeated Jose Napoles, he
would have gotten a Light-Welterweight Championship bout versus Sandro Lopopolo.
'Mantequilla' tore Eugencio apart, and left him battered in the corner for a (TKO 6)
stoppage. Nobody could take those 7-punch barrages from a 'Prime' Jose Napoles.