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Old 11-29-2012, 08:32 AM   #111
Senor Pepe'
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Default Re: Jose Napoles 'The Mark of Brilliance'

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'.

The Fight

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
2:03 Mark.

The Referee counted out Leroy Roberts at 2:13 of Round 1.

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