1976-11-06 Danny Lopez w pts 15 David Kotey, Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana - WBC

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1976-11-06 Danny Lopez w pts 15 David Kotey, Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana - WBC. Referee: Harry Gibbs. Contested in 90-degree heat, with both men concentrating on the head Lopez (126) was cut over the left eye while Kotey (125½) carried cuts to both eyes as well as severe damage to his mouth, as they went for a knockout in what turned into a war of attrition. It was amazing that the fight lasted the full distance with so much blood about. After the challenger weathered the early storm he began to take control by the eighth, hammering Kotey incessantly throughout the rest of the fight, dropping him with a left hook in the 11th, while almost finishing him on several occasions. With neither man giving way, their determination and guts made it a truly memorable contest, culminating in the unanimous decision being awarded to Lopez.

Expected to make his first defence against Ernesto Herrera or Jose Torres on 9 April, Lopez was sidelined for a couple of months after being operated on for bone chippings on his right hand at the end of March 1977. Following two non-title fights in July and August for Lopez, it was Torres who got the crack at the championship.