José Nápoles

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José Nápoles
José Nápoles c1973.jpg
Nápoles c. 1973
Statistics
Real nameJosé Ángel Nápoles
Nickname(s)Mantequilla
Rated atWelterweight
Height5' 7½" / 171cm
Reach72" / 183cm
NationalityMexican
Born(1940-04-13)April 13, 1940
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
DiedAugust 16, 2019(2019-08-16) (aged 79)
Mexico City,Mexico
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights88
Wins81
Wins by KO54
Losses7
Draws0
No contests0

José Ángel Nápoles, nicknamed Mantequilla ("Butter", because of his smooth boxing style), (April 13, 1940 – August 16, 2019) was a Cuban-born Mexican boxer and a World Welterweight Champion.[1] He was ranked as one of the greatest fighters of all time. He was a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.[2] His record of the most wins in unified championship bouts in boxing history, shared with Muhammad Ali, was unbeaten for 40 years.

Nápoles died on August 16, 2019 in Mexico City after a long-illness at the age of 79.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Lineal Welterweight Champs". Cyber Boxing Zone.
  2. "Jose (Mantequilla) Napoles". International Boxing Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  3. "Welterweight legend Napoles dies at age 79". ESPN. August 16, 2019.