1969-06-29 Jose Napoles w rtd 10 (15) Curtis Cokes, City Bullring, Mexico City, Mexico - WORLD
1969-06-29 Jose Napoles w rtd 10 (15) Curtis Cokes, City Bullring, Mexico City, Mexico - WORLD. Referee: Ramon Berumen. With a return clause in place Cokes (146½) got first crack at the new champion, but although doing better than in their previous contest he was unable to turn things around, being forced to retire on his stool at the end of the tenth round. Fighting outdoors in drizzling rain were not the best of conditions, but even when Cokes’ right eye started swelling in the fourth round he still continued to rock Napoles (145) virtually in every session with hard rights until it was impossible for him to see. The only other problem for Cokes was the fact that Napoles was getting through to him, and in the tenth the latter poured in punch after punch when trying for a finish. To his eternal credit Cokes would not go down, making it to the bell before being retired by his corner.