1974-08-03 Jose Napoles w rsc 9 (15) Hedgemon Lewis, Sports Palace, Mexico City, Mexico - WORLD

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1974-08-03 Jose Napoles w rsc 9 (15) Hedgemon Lewis, Sports Palace, Mexico City, Mexico - WORLD. Referee: Ramon Berumen. The strain of weight making showed up early as the champion struggled to find his normal rhythm, but by the end of the second round he was beginning to match Lewis (141) punch for punch. In the fourth session it was noticeable that the altitude was causing problems for Lewis and Napoles (145) took advantage of the situation when ripping in heavy left and rights to the head. After being in trouble in the seventh, Lewis rallied in the eighth to hurt Napoles with hooks and uppercuts, but in the ninth the Cuban came on strong with a stream of hooks to the head and the American was in real trouble. Doing his best to survive, Lewis tried to grab Napoles, but when he was pounded into a corner and was being hit almost at will the referee had seen enough and called a halt at 2.34 of the session.

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