Sun, 2023-03-26 08:04
R1- The Mexican crowd welcomes Stracey with a series of boos. The lead left hook of Napoles is landing right away and he is scoring well with his jab. When Stracey ups his aggresson and jab output, Napoles blasts him with a counter right hand, clearly hurting him. Not much of a follow up is needed for Napoles to sit Stracey down with a left hook. In the remaining portion of the round, Napoles digs several blows to the body. Great start for the champion.
Sun, 2023-03-26 08:05
R2- Napoles is mixing up his attack to the body and head fluently, beating Stracey to the punch in the exchanges, and winning the battle of the jabs. A moment occurs in the middle where Napoles lands a straight right to the body the comes back upstairs to land a double left hook. He then cuts Stracey off in two exchanges with a left hook and looping right respectively. Late, Napoles hurts Stracey again with a six-punch combination that equally targets the head and body. Another strong round for Mantequilla.
Sun, 2023-03-26 08:06
R3- Upon taking a six-minute assault, here is where the challenger would start to implement himself. The jab of Stracey is landing more than it was and he is even able to outjab Napoles at times. He is also having success with the left hook to the head and body and landing uppercuts in the exchanges. Napoles fights his way off of the ropes late before a sneaky, chopping left hook to the top of the head discombobulates him, dropping him to the canvas in a delayed reaction. Stracey hits him while he’s down, but only gets a warning. Napoles protests this knockdown, but it was definitely legit. Stracey goes on to rock Napoles with a left hook after, but Napoles returns the favor with a right hand. Epic round.
R4- The left eye of Napoles is in horrible condition. Napoles is landing several clean right hands whether he is leading with them or successfully setting them up with jabs. Stracey is still competing on the inside, but gets buckled by a left hook up close. Late, Stracey briefly doubles over after taking a hard right.
Sun, 2023-03-26 08:07
R5- After looking imposing and excellent for most of the fight, this is where Napoles would have the tables truly turned on him. Stracey is able to maintain his perfect distance and pelt Napoles with 1-2’s from the outside. Stracey is also showing the better inside game, but goes overboard when he hits on the break. He also gets bold again by hitting after the bell. Napoles is still able to make Stracey bend briefly from the power of his right hand, but this definitely was not his round.
R6- Stracey starts to batter the face of Napoles with power jabs nonstop. The profuse swelling in both eyes of Napoles has made a stiff target out of him, making it harder for Stracey to miss. Though he is standing up to these shots, Napoles starts to get rocked by long left hooks and 1-2’s all over the ring, rendering himself a defenseless mess and prompting the referee to stop the fight. Definitely a statement victory for John H. Stracey. Both men laid it all on the line for this tremendous battle filled with brutality and ebs and flows. While Stracey would not be champion for long, he at least secured this great performance and legendary win, which is amongst the best in British boxing history. As for Napoles, he would retire upon this loss, but not without showing while he was so great during, even past his prime, and fully cementing himself as one of history’s top welterweights.
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