• Short Summary

    Britain's John Stracey captured the World Welterweight boxing title at his first attempt in Mexico City on Saturday (6 December) when he beat Mexican Jose Napoles.

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    Britain's John Stracey captured the World Welterweight boxing title at his first attempt in Mexico City on Saturday (6 December) when he beat Mexican Jose Napoles.

    Napoles had held the title for four and a half years. But he was battered to defeat in six rounds. The referee stopped the fight late in the round when the British boxer had worn down the tiring champion with his left jab, and finally caught him with a murderous succession of rights and lefts.

    Stracey, who at 25 is about 12 years younger than Napoles, survived a bad start and got on top by sheer sustained aggression and superior stamina.

    He seemed to be at Napoles' mercy in the first round when he kept attacking but let the champion repeatedly penetrate his guard. He went down for an eight-second count from a hard right to the jaw and took a lot of punishment to the body in the frequent clinches which Napoles has always favoured.

    The Mexican, fighting his 17th title bout in the welter division, seemed to be in control in the second round, but Stracey began landing his strong left jab to the champion's weak point -- the deep scar tissue above both his eyes.

    In the third round, the fight suddenly became an even, hard-hitting duel, with both boxers putting in some scoring punches.

    By the end of the round Stracey was bleeding from the nose and right eye, but Napoles' left eye was almost completely closed and he was beginning to tire.

    Napoles was increasingly on the defensive in the fifth and sixth rounds against Stracey's superior speed and endurance. Finally Stracey caught Napoles with a straight right which left him groggy and pressed home his advantage with a series of blows on the ropes.

    It became evident then that Napoles could hardly see and would be incapable of fighting on ... so the referee stopped the match.

    There is now increasing speculation in Mexico as to whether Napoles will end his boxing career, which started in his native Cuba before the Communist revolution, seventeen years ago.

    SYNOPSIS: In a shock win, British boxer, John Stracey, took the world welterweight boxing title at his first attempt in Mexico City on Saturday night. He beat reigning Mexican veteran, Jose Napoles, after the fight was stopped in the sixth round.

    Napoles has held the title for four and a half years and he dominated the early rounds of the fight with Stracey. Stracey kept attacking but repeatedly let the champion penetrate his guard. He took a lot of punishment to the body in the frequent clinches which Napoles had always favoured. Napoles continued his dominance in the second round but Stracey began landing punches to the deep scar tissues above Napoles' eyes.

    But in the third round, the fight suddenly became an evenly-matched, hard-hitting dual, with both boxers putting in some scoring punches. By the end of the round Stracey was bleeding from the nose ... but Napoles was beginning to tire and his left eye was almost closed. The crowd had been excitedly cheering Napoles along on his 17th title defence.

    Napoles was increasingly on the defensive in the fifth and sixth round. And the crowd watched, almost stunned, as the champion tired against Stracey's superior speed and endurance.

    Then Stracey caught Napoles with a straight right which left him groggy, and pressed home his advantage with a series of blows on the ropes. It was then obvious that Napoles couldn't continue fighting and the referee stopped the match.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1YZ99C66MZVRC61QLVXGKFPD7
    Media URN:
    VLVA1YZ99C66MZVRC61QLVXGKFPD7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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