Re: Jose Napoles 'The Mark of Brilliance'
Saturday Night - February 15, 1969
Arena Coliseo - Mexico City
Jose 'Mantequilla' Napoles secured a bout for his long awaited challenge
for a World Championship, by stopping American Welterweight - Fate Davis
by a TKO 7.
'Mantequilla' Napoles (144 lbs.) used sharp left hands and straight right hands
to break down the 'tough and rugged' Akron, Ohio visitor, to score a TKO 7.
Fate Davis, at 5' 10" - used sharp left hands and slinging right hands to tag the
shorter 5' 7 1/2" Cuban during the first 2-Rounds. But Napoles was able to get
inside, and land his hard and quick combinations to shake Davis in Round 3.
Both Rounds 4 and 5 were fought on 'Even Terms', but Napoles was the more
sharper puncher, by using his short compact swings.
In early Round 6, Davis tried to slow down the Cuban Express, by winging right hands,
but by mid-way thru the round the American was beginning to fade.
Napoles landed an assortment of lefts and rights, and had Davis in bad shape over
the last 30-seconds, as he scored with 'three' solid left hands to the head.
As the bell for Round 7 rang, Fate Davis' corner waved it off, saying that their fighter
could not continue.