1969-04-18 Jose Napoles w rsc 13 (15) Curtis Cokes, Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD
1969-04-18 Jose Napoles w rsc 13 (15) Curtis Cokes, Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: George Latka. Rarely being able to find the range against the clever, hard-punching Napoles (143), the champion slumped to a 13th-round stoppage defeat, having barely won a round on the cards. By backing Cokes (145½) up throughout, Napoles forced the latter to fight his fight and in the fifth round the Cuban started to open up with combinations of left hooks and right crosses. With Cokes unable to hurt Napoles and having difficulty picking up the punches as his eyes swelled up, he took a bit of a battering in the ninth and although the pace slowed from the tenth it was clear as to which way the fight was going. There was no doubt that Cokes was struggling and in the 13th after he was repeatedly backed against the ropes and hit flush with left hooks the doctor was called in to inspect his injuries. Although letting Cokes fight on, at the end of the round the referee decided enough was enough and a new champion was crowned.