1976-10-09 John Conteh w pts 15 Yaqui Lopez, The Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark - WBC
1976-10-09 John Conteh w pts 15 Yaqui Lopez, The Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark - WBC. Referee: Rudolf Durst. Scorecards: 149-145, 149-145, 148-146. Boxing well with solid left jabs and hooks constantly slamming into the challenger’s face, Conteh (174¼) showed much of his old form apart from limited use of his twice broken right hand. Although the taller Lopez (173) was always second best and the decision in Conteh’s favour was unanimous, the scores were surprisingly close, especially when most experts at ringside gave the Mexican no more than a round or so at best. When caught by long lefts and rights, Conteh immediately hit back to take the play away from Lopez, who was cut over the left eye in the 11th, and was content to take it easy for the last three sessions.