1976-11-06 Danny Lopez w pts 15 David Kotey, Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana - WBC
1976-11-06 Danny Lopez w pts 15 David Kotey, Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana - WBC. Referee: Harry Gibbs. Contested in 90-degree heat, both men concentrated on the head, leaving Lopez (126) cut over the left eye and Kotey (125½) carrying 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 and hammered Kotey incessantly throughout the rest of the fight, dropping him with a left hook in the 11th and 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, it was Torres who got the crack at the championship.