Re: Jose Napoles 'The Mark of Brilliance'
Monday Night - November 4, 1968
The Forum - Inglewood, California
Jose 'Mantequilla' Napoles (144 lbs.) stopped (TKO 5) Des Rea (146 lbs.) of
Northern Ireland in a one-sided Welterweight bout.
Napoles, the #2 WBA Light-Welterweight, dropped Rea the British Light-Welterweight
Champion in the 1st-Round with a barrage of punches. Des got up at the
9-Count, and just barely survived until the bell.
The Belfast-Fighter was over-matched, as the Cuban scored with solid
punches in Round 2, leaving Rea with a badly bloodied nose.
A patient Napoles, scored with crisp punches in Rounds 3 and 4, as Rea
attempted to hold off the stronger World Class fighter from Mexico with
In Round 5, Napoles opened up, and flailed away on a defenseless Rea,
as the Irishman's nose was flowing very bad.
Referee - John Thomas called an end to the bout at 3:00 of Round 5.
Jose Napoles improves to 57-4-0 (37 KO's).
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