Re: Jose Napoles 'The Mark of Brilliance'
Saturday Night - December 17, 1966
El Toreo - Mexico City
Jose 'Mantequilla' Napoles - 47-4-0 (29 KO's) - #4 Light-Welterweight
Eugenio 'Electrico' Espinoza - 51-4-4 (23 KO's) - #3 Light-Weltwerweight
The winner is supposed to get a shot at Light-Welterweight Champion -
Sandro Lopopolo in March 1967.
The 26 year-old 'Mantequilla' swarms over the 5' 5" - 28 year-old swift-moving Espinoza
over the early rounds, and pounds away with hard left and right punches to both the
head and body in Rounds 1, 2 and 3.
Espinoza, a fantastic fighter, is able to get off in Round 4, and scores with his quick
3-punch flurries, and edges the round.
But, Eugenio cannot keep the bull-charging Napoles off of him, as Jose is just too strong.
By the end of Round 5, Espinoza is in 'bad-shape' as Jose is employing his famous 7-punch
assaults, while Eugenio tries to box with his back to the ropes.
Napoles drops Eugenio with a hard left hook to the chin early in Round 6. Espinoza
gets up at the 4-Count, and manages to hang on for another minute, but another
barrage from 'Mantequilla' has him reeling around the ring in pain, forcing the Referee
to call a halt to the one-sided fight, awarding 'Mantequilla' a TKO 6 win.