Name: Jose Napoles
Birth Name: Jose Angel Napoles
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Hometown: Juarez, Nuevo León, Mexico
Height: 5′ 7½″ / 171cm
Reach: 72″ / 183cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainer: Angelo Dundee
Manager: Cuco Conde
- Napoles' amateur record has been listed as 113-1 and 114-1.
- According to BoxRec and Cyber Boxing Zone, Napoles defeated Diwaldo Ventosa by a ten-round decision on February 20, 1960. However, some sources have claimed that Napoles lost to Ventosa. In the August 1969 issue of The Ring, Napoles insisted that it was his cousin, Israel Napoles, who had lost to Ventosa. According to BoxRec, Ventosa defeated Israel Napoles by a six-round decision on June 13, 1959.
- After Cuban president Fidel Castro banned professional boxing in 1961, Napoles defected to Mexico, where he was adopted as a national hero.
- Napoles stopped Curtis Cokes after thirteen rounds to win the World Welterweight Championship on April 18, 1969.
- On October 17, 1969, Napoles defeated former World Welterweight Champion and World Middleweight Champion Emile Griffith by a fifteen-round unanimous decision to successfully defend the World Welterweight Championship.
- Napoles lost the World Welterweight Championship to 9-1 underdog Billy Backus on December 3, 1970. The fight was stopped in the fourth round due to a cut over Napoles' right eye.
- On June 4, 1971, Napoles regained the World Welterweight Championship by stopping Billy Backus in eight rounds.
- On November 1, 1970, the New York State Athletic Commission suspended Napoles and withdrew its title recognition because he and his manager, who was also suspended, failed to fulfill a contract with the Canastota Boxing Club in Syracuse, New York. The contract stated that Napoles would have to engage in a bout against an opponent to be selected by the Canastota Boxing Club within 120 days of his rematch with Billy Backus on June 4, 1971, providing that Napoles regained the title. Napoles remained the World Boxing Association and the World Boxing Council World Welterweight Champion.
- On December 14, 1971, Napoles defeated Hedgemon Lewis by a fifteen-round unanimous decision to retain the World Welterweight Championship. Lewis would defeat Billy Backus by a fifteen-round unanimous decision to win the vacant New York State World Welterweight Championship on June 16, 1972.
- Napoles challenged World Middleweight Champion Carlos Monzon on February 9, 1974, and was stopped after six rounds.
- On August 3, 1974, Napoles stopped Hedgemon Lewis in nine rounds to retain the World Welterweight Championship.
- Napoles was stripped of the WBA World Welterweight Championship on May 16, 1975, for failure to sign for a fight against the WBA's No. 1-rated welterweight contender, Angel Espada. Napoles remained the WBC World Welterweight Champion.
- Napoles retired after losing the World Welterweight Championship to John H. Stracey by a sixth-round TKO on December 6, 1975.
- Napoles made three successful title defenses during his first reign as World Welterweight Champion, and he made ten successful defenses during his second reign.
Awards & Recognition
- Named The Ring Fighter of the Year for 1969.
- Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1984
- Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990
- Named the fourth greatest welterweight of the twentieth century by the Associated Press in 1999.
- "Jose Napoles Got Nickels For Early Fights" By Don Frazer, The Ring, August 1969, pages 6, 7, & 39.
- "Napoles Stripped Of Title" The Palm Beach Post, November 2, 1971, page D3
- "Napoles Stripped Of Boxing Crown" Herald-Journal, May 17, 1975, page A8
| WBA Welterweight Champion
WBC Welterweight Champion
1969 Apr 18 – 1970 Dec 3
| WBA Welterweight Champion
1971 Jun 4 – 1975 May 16
| WBC Welterweight Champion
1971 Jun 4 – 1975 Dec 6
John H. Stracey