Notice Welterweight legend Napoles dies at age 79

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    Jose Napoles, one of the greatest welterweight world champions in boxing history, died Friday, the WBC announced. He was 79.

    Nicknamed "Mantequilla" -- Spanish for "Butter" -- for his smooth boxing style, Napoles was a two-time welterweight world champion who boxed from 1958 until 1975. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

    "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. "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. Today that struggle came to an end with his children and grandchildren at his bedside in Mexico City.

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