Originally Posted by Senor Pepe'
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.
This helped set up the eventual challenge of Lopez for Napoles' title....two master classes by Mantequilla vs Lopez.