Re: Jose Napoles 'The Mark of Brilliance'
Before Jose 'Mantequilla' Napoles signed to fight Curtis Cokes.
On January 30, 1969 at The Olympic Auditorium -
The #1 WBA Welterweight - Mexico's - Raul 'Chato' Rosario 40-12-1 (31 KO's)
tha hard-hitting knockout artist took on - #2 WBA Welterweight - California's -
Ernie 'Indian Red' Lopez 34-5-1 (15 KO's) -in a 12-Round Elimination Bout.
What was on the line. If Raul Soriano defeated Ernie Lopez, he would be signing a
contract (on February 12, 1969) to fight Welterweight Champion - Curtis Cokes
at the Mexico City Sports Palace on April 18, 1969.
The 29 year-old 'Chato' Soriano had defeated Ernie 'Indian Red' Lopez a year earlier,
on March 3, 1968 in Mexicali by a convincing 10-Round Decision.
In an upset, Ernie 'Indian Red' Lopez scored a knockout by a TKO 9.
This opened the 'door' for Carlos 'Cuco' Conde and Jose 'Mantequilla' Napoles.
Last edited by Senor Pepe'; 12-03-2012 at 06:02 PM.