Saturday - June 8, 1968
Jose 'Mantequilla' Napoles
Before his 1st-bout in the United States.
The 28 year-old Napoles, with a record of 54-4-0 (35 KO's) was the
#2 Light-Welterweight, though many called him the 'Uncrowned Champion'.
Carminas Restaurant in Mexicali - Jose Napoles and George Parnassus (The Forum fight promoter)
'Mantequilla' had a scheduled bout on Friday Night (June 14th) at the The Forum - Inglewood, California.
Napoles, would be having his '1st bout' in the United States, and his '1st-True bout' in the Welterweight Division.
The 'Main Event' would be a Bantamweight Eliminaton bout between Chucho Castillo vs. Jesus Pimentel.
On the main undercard;
Jose 'Mantequilla' Napoles at (145 lbs.) would be facing 'Hurricane' Leroy Roberts, a 26 year-old 5' 8"
148 lb. Welterweight from Norristown, Pennsylvania. 'Hurricane' Roberts -a two-time tour Vietnam
Veteran, had a record of 18-3-0 (6 KO's). 'Hurricane' had a reputation as being a 'tough fast-handed'
East Coast club-fighter - but with a 'questionable chin'.
Jose Napoles came out 'swinging', and took command immediately with a left-right attack. By
the 1:00 Mark, 'Hurricane' Roberts was already in trouble, and was reeling. A short left hook
to the head dropped 'Hurricane' at the 1:35 of the opening round.
Roberts was up at the 6-Count, but rose on wobbly legs. Jose Napoles 'bombed away' on his
'bewildered' opponent, and dropped him for the 'count' with a left hook - straight right at the
The Referee counted out Leroy Roberts at 2:13 of Round 1.