12-04-2012, 04:28 PM
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Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: The Sea of Tranquility
Re: Jose Napoles 'The Mark of Brilliance'
Originally Posted by Senor Pepe'
As per the end of February 1969 Ratings....... #1 was Ernie 'Indian Red' Lopez
following his TKO 9 over #1 Raul Soriano in January 1969.
April 18, 1969
Despite his age, Curtis Cokes was at the 'pinnacle' of his career. Curtis was a smart
and talented boxer-puncher, who was a 'natural welterweight'. Curtis had 'natural' size over
the smaller-compact Jose Napoles.
Since losing to 'rugged' Eddie Pace on August 27, 1964 - Curtis had gone 18-1-1 (11 KO's)
in 4 years, 8 months.
On the other hand, most will say that 'Mantequilla' was a little past his prime when he got into the
ring with Curtis Cokes. Jose Napoles was a 'natural' 140 lb. boxer, who's prime was between
mid-1963 thru 1967 (ages 23 thru 27 1/2).
Since April 27, 1963 - when he lost a 'close' 10-Round Decision to Alfredo Urbina, 'Mantequilla' had
gone 33-1-0 (29 KO's) in 6 years of ring time.
God help the lightweight and junior welterweight champions of the mid to late 60's if they had given Napoles a deserved crack at their titles.