Cuban-Mexican boxer José Ángel “Mantequilla” Naples passed away this Friday in Mexico City at the age of 79 as a result of numerous complications.
Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the World Boxing Council, reported the death of the great fighter born in Santiago de Cuba on April 13, 1940 and moved to Mexico at the age of 21 in the face of rumors that the revolution would ban professional boxing, as it happened afterwards
«I was my big idol, I had some problems in recent times; and well, now begins the legend of "Butter" for generations to know who have not seen him fight, "wrote Sulaiman on his Twitter account.
Slippery, fast and with good technique, Naples had a great footprint. As a professional in welterweight he won 81 fights, 54 on the fast track, with 7 defeats and 15 world title defenses.
A ring artist. Praised by the legendary 'Sugar' Ray Robinson, the boxer was a ring artist, who won his first world title in the AMB and CMB in April 1969 by knocking out American Curtis Cokes, who was beaten in the fight. rematch.
One of the emblematic moments of the "Mantequilla" race, who won the motto for his ability to slip before rivals, was in February 1974, when he agreed to fight in the middleweight with the Argentine Carlos Monzón.
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That fight, which won the South American, a natural medium who fought with all the benefits, was witnessed by the actor Alain Delon and served as the stage to the great writer Julio Cortázar to write one of his best stories on sports.
"It was as if Mantequilla understood that his only chance was on the blanket, boxing him to Monsoon would not serve him as he had always served him, his marvelous speed was like a gap, a torso that turned and left, while the champion came one, twice in the face, "wrote the author Rayuela, one of the greatest storytellers in Spanish language literature.
Naples lived badly its last years. He dilapidated his money and died in poverty, beset by diabetes, with problems with the sphincter, pulmonary emphysema and senile dementia, among other conditions.
Three years ago the writer Carlos Barrón dedicated a chronicle to him in his book Compensation time and there he unveiled some of the small stories of a man who fulfilled the phrase of the artist Chavela Vargas, born in Costa Rica and who said he was Mexican because "Mexicans are born where we get the buzz."
Barrón tells in his work that "Mantequilla" was a black brag that paralyzed any place he entered. Restaurants and plazas delighted in crawls towards their person.
“His favorite place was the Racecourse of the Americas; he arrived without warning with his tight pants of money, he noticed from a distance the folded banknotes. He was a bad bet and worse loser, "wrote the Mexican author.