1975-12-06 John H. Stracey w rsc 6 (15) Jose Napoles, City Bullring, Mexico City, Mexico - WBC
1975-12-06 John H. Stracey w rsc 6 (15) Jose Napoles, City Bullring, Mexico City, Mexico - WBC. Referee: Octavio Meyran. Coming to the ring as an underdog, the challenger overturned the form book when taking the title from once great Napoles (147), who became an old man in boxing terms as the fight progressed. Napoles made a good start when dropping Stracey (145) in the first round with a solid left hook, and when he hurt the Englishman again in the second it looked like he was on his way. However, in the third, Stracey floored Napoles, who was forced to take the mandatory ‘eight’ count. At that stage of the fight, Stracey began to impose himself despite being shaken up by right hands. Stracey also shrugged off a cut over the left eye as he continued to keep the pressure on Napoles, never giving him a moment's rest, while keeping up a gruelling pace. At last it looked as though Stracey’s tactics were paying off. In the sixth, after he had smashed Napoles on to the ropes and was hammering away at the veteran the referee stepped in with 30 seconds of the session still remaining.