Napoles was a great fighter to be sure.
I've posted pictures of him, me and Emile together here before from 1993 in Las Vegas. He seemed to be hurting pretty bad mentally at the time, and when approached by Emile who said hello, he did not know who he was for about a minute.
Emile, grabbed his shoulders and said in his high pitched Virgin Island sing song voice, "What's wrong with you man, don't you say hello to me anymore,???"
Jose then realized it was Emile, and was so delighted to see him he was almost tearful with apologies and anger with himself, giving Emile a big hug and kiss on the cheek. He really impressed me with his affection for Griffith and vice versa as always with Emile.
As to the fight, I saw it and with no excuses, just the truth Emile's body was so dehyrdrated, that losing weight for him with no fat only muscle to begin with had him so weak, he could do nothing that night. That is boxing and the win goes to Jose, who earned it.
From 155 to 144 was like a torture for Griffith back then. To this day I don't know where the weight came off his body for that fight. He was a shell of what he could do.
Emile who was so damn strong just went down too far on the scale for his type of body. He was as effective as Ali was against Holmes.
My favorite fights with Jose was the way he handled Clyde Grey and Curtis Cokes.
Just a great warrior.