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José Nápoles Record

Total Fights88
Title Wins6
Title Defenses13
Title-Fight KOs9
KO Wins54
KO Losses4
José Nápoles Record & Stats
José Nápoles' Record
José Nápoles' boxing record and career infographic

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      What is José Nápoles' boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 18 years and four months, José Nápoles fought 88 times with 81 wins and 7 losses.

      Nápoles retired from professional boxing with a record of 81-7, which included six welterweight world-title wins and 13 successful title defense fights. He had a 61.4% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 54 of his total 88 fights being knockout wins, nine of which were in title fights. Nápoles suffered four knockout losses in his career, three of which were in title fights.

      His last fight was a 6th round TKO defeat to John H Stracey on December 6, 1976. Nápoles lost the welterweight WBC and The Ring titles to Stracey in this fight.

      Some of Nápoles' best fights and notable victories include wins over three Hall-of-Famers (Emile Griffith, Curtis Cokes, and Eddie Perkins), Billy Backus, Adolph Pruitt, Ernie Lopez, Hedgemon Lewis, Horacio Agustin Saldano, and Ralph Charles.

      88Dec 6, 197636John H StraceyLoss *TKO6
      87Jul 12, 197636Armando MunizWin *UD
      86Mar 29, 197534Armando MunizWin *TD
      85Dec 14, 197434Horacio Agustin SaldanoWin *KO3
      84Aug 3, 197434Hedgemon LewisWin *TKO9
      83Feb 9, 197433Carlos MonzonLoss *RTD6
      82Sep 22, 197333Clyde GrayWin *UD
      81Jun 23, 197333Roger MenetreyWin *UD
      80Feb 28, 197332Ernie LopezWin *KO7
      79Aug 5, 197232Edmundo LeiteWinTKO2
      78Jun 10, 197232Adolph PruittWin *TKO2
      77Mar 28, 197231Ralph CharlesWin *KO7
      76Dec 14, 197131Hedgemon LewisWin *UD
      75Oct 16, 197131Esteban Alfredo OsunaWinUD
      74Aug 23, 197131Jean JosselinWinKO5
      73Jul 31, 197131David MelendezWinTKO5
      72Jun 4, 197131Billy BackusWin *TKO8
      71Mar 27, 197130Manuel GonzalezWinKO6
      70Dec 3, 197030Billy BackusLoss *TKO4
      69Oct 5, 197030Pete ToroWinTKO9
      68Aug 14, 197030Fighting MackWinKO3
      67Feb 14, 197029Ernie LopezWin *TKO15
      66Oct 17, 196929Emile GriffithWin *UD
      65Jun 29, 196929Curtis CokesWin *RTD10
      64Apr 18, 196929Curtis CokesWin *RTD13
      63Feb 15, 196928Fate DavisWinTKO6
      62Dec 22, 196828Lennox BecklesWinKO1
      61Nov 4, 196828Des ReaWinTKO5
      60Jul 15, 196828Eddie PaceWinUD
      59Jun 14, 196828Leroy RobertsWinTKO1
      58Jun 2, 196828Peter CobblahWinPTS
      57Apr 29, 196828Herbie LeeWinTKO6
      56Feb 18, 196827Mike CruzWinTKO4
      55Sep 11, 196727Charlie WatsonWinKO6
      54Sep 11, 196727Johnny DePeizaWinTKO1
      53Jul 10, 196727LC MorganWinTKO2
      52Jun 4, 196727Johnny BrooksWinKO7
      51Dec 17, 196626Eugenio EspinozaWinTKO6
      50Oct 30, 196626Jimmy FieldsWinTKO10
      49Aug 22, 196626LC MorganLossTKO4
      48Jul 27, 196626Humberto TrottmanWinKO2
      47Apr 17, 196626Al GrantWinTKO4
      46Feb 12, 196625Johnny SantosWinKO3
      45Dec 11, 196525Aldolph PruittWinTKO3
      44Aug 3, 196525Eddie PerkinsWinUD
      43Mar 25, 196524Giordano CampariWinTKO2
      42Feb 28, 196524LC MorganWinKO3
      41Jan 1, 196524Carlos RiosWinKO5
      40Nov 14, 196424Alfredo UrbinoWinKO3
      39Aug 15, 196424Eduardo MorenoWinTKO5
      38Jun 22, 196424Carlos Morocho HernandezWinTKO7
      37Apr 25, 196424Alfredo UrbinaWinTKO1
      36Mar 1, 196423Taketeru YoshimotoWinKO1
      35Nov 30, 196323LC MorganWinKO7
      34Nov 16, 196323Tony PerezWinTKO3
      33Oct 23, 196323Francisco CancioWinKO1
      32Aug 19, 196323Pulga SerranoWinTKO10
      31Jul 13, 196323Baby VasquezWinPTS
      30May 27, 196323Raul SorianoWinKO4
      29Apr 27, 196323Alfredo UrbinaLossPTS
      28Mar 30, 196322Baby VasquezWinUD
      27Feb 9, 196322Baby GutierrezWinTKO7
      26Jan 5, 196322Tony PerezLossSD
      25Nov 10, 196222Tony PerezWinPTS
      24Sep 29, 196222Bobby CervantesWinTKO1
      23Aug 25, 196222Kid AnahuacWinKO9
      22Jul 21, 196222Enrique CamarenaWinKO2
      21Jun 3, 196121Angel Robinson GarciaWinPTS
      20Mar 18, 196120Rolando Chico MoralesWinUD
      19Jan 28, 196120Guillermo ValdezWinUD
      18Dec 17, 196020Tony PadronWinDQ
      17Nov 26, 196020Rolando Chico MoralesWinPTS
      16Oct 15, 196020Tony PadronWinUD
      15Jul 2, 196020Bunny GrantWinPTS
      14May 21, 196020Angel Robinson GarciaWinPTS
      13Feb 20, 196019Diwaldo VentosaWinUD
      12Jan 2, 196019Isaac EspinosaWinUD
      11Nov 28, 195919Bobby CervantesWinTKO1
      10Nov 14, 195919Augusto NarvalleWinUD
      9Oct 3, 195919Cristobal GonzalezWinUD
      8Aug 22, 195919Hilton SmithLossUD
      7Jul 25, 195919Clodoaldo HernandezWinUD
      6Jul 11, 195919Clodoaldo HernandezWinTKO3
      5May 16, 195919Juan BacalloWinTKO4
      4Feb 21, 195918Armando CastilloWinPTS
      3Nov 29, 195818Felix PomaresWinTKO2
      2Oct 11, 195818Euripides GuerraWinTKO4
      1Aug 2, 195818Julio RojasWinTKO1

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      José Nápoles (Mantequilla) was a Mexican professional boxer. He was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba on April 13, 1940. He was a welterweight world champion. He died on August 16, 2019 at the age of 79 years. Nápoles was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1990. His professional boxing career spanned more than 18 years — from 1958 to 1976.

      Nápoles made his professional boxing debut against Julio Rojas at the age of 18 on August 2, 1958, defeating Rojas via 1st round TKO. He went on to win 6 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 4 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 29 on April 18, 1969 after 63 professional fights, against Curtis Cokes for the welterweight WBA, WBC, and The Ring titles. He defeated Cokes via 13th round RTD to become the welterweight champion of the world.

      José Nápoles was a two-time undisputed welterweight world champion, and won six world titles at welterweight. For all the details about Nápoles' world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Nápoles had a total of seven losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a welterweight title defense bout against John H Stracey at 36 years of age, on December 6, 1976. Nápoles lost the fight via 6th round TKO — and lost his WBC and The Ring titles.


      Nápoles had a total of 18 world-title fights, which includes winning six world titles and 13 successful title defenses. He won 15 of these fights and lost three.

      Title Wins

      José Nápoles fought for welterweight world titles in three fights and won two of these fights, both of them via stoppage. In total, he won six welterweight belts.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Jun 4, 1971+Billy BackusWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingTKO
      Apr 18, 1969+Curtis CokesWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingRTD
      + Became undisputed world champion

      Title Defenses

      José Nápoles had 15 welterweight world-title defense fights. He won 13 of them and lost two times.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Jul 12, 1976Armando MunizWelterweightWBC, The RingUD
      Mar 29, 1975Armando MunizWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingTD
      Dec 14, 1974Horacio Agustin SaldanoWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingKO
      Aug 3, 1974Hedgemon LewisWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingTKO
      Sep 22, 1973Clyde GrayWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Jun 23, 1973Roger MenetreyWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Feb 28, 1973Ernie LopezWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingKO
      Jun 10, 1972Adolph PruittWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingTKO
      Mar 28, 1972Ralph CharlesWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingKO
      Dec 14, 1971Hedgemon LewisWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Feb 14, 1970Ernie LopezWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingTKO
      Oct 17, 1969Emile GriffithWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingUD
      Jun 29, 1969Curtis CokesWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingRTD

      Title Losses

      José Nápoles lost two world-title defense fights, and lost a total of five titles in these fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Dec 6, 1976John H StraceyWelterweightWBC, The RingTKO
      Dec 3, 1970Billy BackusWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingTKO


      Nápoles fought a total of 88 times during his professional career, which includes 18 world-title fights at two weight divisions. He was among the very best of his generation and put on some great performances in his fights. These nine fights are the highlight of his career.

      • April 18, 1969: Nápoles becomes the undisputed welterweight world champion in his first world-title fight by beating Curtis Cokes via 13th round RTD. He now holds the WBA, WBC, and The Ring welterweight world-champion belts.

      • June 29, 1969: Nápoles successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and The Ring welterweight titles against Curtis Cokes, winning the fight via 10th round RTD.

      • October 17, 1969: Nápoles successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and The Ring welterweight titles against Emile Griffith, winning the fight via 15 round unanimous decision.

      • June 4, 1971: Nápoles becomes the undisputed welterweight world champion by defeating Billy Backus via 8th round TKO. He now holds the WBA, WBC, and The Ring welterweight world-champion belts.

      • March 28, 1972: Nápoles successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and The Ring welterweight titles against Ralph Charles, winning the fight via 7th round KO.

      • June 10, 1972: Nápoles successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and The Ring welterweight titles against Adolph Pruitt, winning the fight via 2nd round TKO.

      • February 28, 1973: Nápoles successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and The Ring welterweight titles against Ernie Lopez, winning the fight via 7th round KO.

      • August 3, 1974: Nápoles successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and The Ring welterweight titles against Hedgemon Lewis, winning the fight via 9th round TKO.

      • December 14, 1974: Nápoles successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and The Ring welterweight titles against Horacio Agustin Saldano, winning the fight via 3rd round KO.


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