Jose Napoles of Mexico retained his World Boxing Council Welterweight Title on Saturday (12 July) by outlasting his younger challenger Armando Muniz from the United States.
GV Napoles (right) and Armando Muniz (left white shorts & black to camera) introduced
GV Fight in progress with Muniz attacking
GV Muniz in trouble-left from Napoles floors him. He gets up
GV Crowd in stadium
GV Final round
GV Napoles announced winner
Initials BJB/1818 BJB/1820
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Background: Jose Napoles of Mexico retained his World Boxing Council Welterweight Title on Saturday (12 July) by outlasting his younger challenger Armando Muniz from the United States.
The often hard fight in Mexico City went the full fifteen rounds with Napoles the victor on points.
Napoles give his opponent fewer opportunities to hurt him in the clinches than when they last met in Accaulco, Mexico three and half months ago. He was able at times to stand back and punish the younger American at longer range.
The Champion aged thirty-five according to the record books, was much faster and fitter than in the earlier fight. And the American's aggressive style gave him far less trouble.
After the fight Napoles told newsmen he was a bit of an old man but he made Armando fight. And he announced he was not going to retire, at least for the present.
After he was felled in the eighth round, Muniz never really recovered. The bell interrupted the referee's count but Muniz looked badly dazed as he returned to his corner.
By his victory Napoles silenced the controversy over the Acapulco fight, which he nearly lost. The referee stopped that bout in the twelfth to see if the Champion could go on with a badly battered face. But then awarded him the fight, claiming Muniz had done the damage with illegal head butts.
World boxing Council President Senor Ramon Velazquez said the W.B.C. will now almost certainly demand that Napoles defends his title against Britain's John Stracey, the top-ranked contender.
The rival World Boxing Association did not recognise the flight on Saturday, because Napoles has already refused to meet their top contender, Angel Espada of Puerto Rico.
SYNOPSIS:Boxing ... Jo??? Napoles of Mexico facing ???, retained his World Boxing ??? Welterweight Title against Armando Maniz of the United State--in the white shorts--in Mexico city on Saturday.
The fifty seven ??? were unspectacular with Muniz ??? to get in close to ???. And the Champion using ??? and ??? faster than ??? on his fast to keep out of troubles.
It was a tough fight--but Napoles gave his younger op??? fewer opportunities to hurt him in the clinches, than when they last met in Acapulco, Mexico earlier this year. At times he was able to stand back and punish Muniz at long range.
Round eight, and ???crouble almost right away. Wit??? concentration slipping, the Champion seized his chance to deliver a flurry of blows that sent ??? reeling to the canvas. He managed to get up. The bell interrupted the referee's count but he looked badly ???.
With the opening of ??? fifteenth and final round, the ??? appeared to sense victory for the Cuban-born Mexican. Mu??? never recovered the initiative in a tough bout that went the full distance. He suffered a badly split right eyebrow and cuts about ??? face.
The judges did not hesitate in awarding victory to Napcle who told newsmen ??? fight that although he ??? of man, ??? also said he would not be ??? present.