Issue | News | Aug 17 2019

Brilliant Cuban boxer Jose Napoles passes away

Paying tribute to the great Cuban Jose Napoles - 'Mantequilla' - who has died at the age of 79
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LEGENDARY former world welterweight champion Jose Napoles has passed away at the age of 79.

“It is with profound sorrow that we report that Jose Angel ‘Mantequilla’ Napoles died today, and with his the passing, a golden era of the world welterweight championship closes full circle,” the WBC said in a statement on Friday (August 16).

“Typical of the man, who was the bravest, most courageous of fighters, that although he had been affected by various illnesses for some time, he bravely battled on, attending WBC events, always smiling and being greeted by his many friends and fans who admired him as a fighter and as a man.