1970-12-03 Billy Backus w rsc 4 (15) Jose Napoles, War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA - WORLD
1970-12-03 Billy Backus w rsc 4 (15) Jose Napoles, War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Jack Millicent. In what was one of the great welterweight title upsets, and following ten defeats and four draws from 45 contests, Backus (146½), a 27-year-old southpaw, stopped Napoles (144¼) after 55 seconds of the fourth round. The opening session had seen Napoles pushing Backus round the ring with left jabs before both men were cut over their right eyes in the second. At that stage there was a transformation in Backus' fortunes when he began to connect with right jabs as the champion missed with his. The third round saw Backus open a cut over Napoles’ left eye as well, and by the fourth the damage was so serious that the doctor advised the referee to call the contest off. It was alleged that the injuries suffered by Napoles, who had been a 9-1 favourite, were brought about by butts, which was stringently denied by Backus.