1980-02-02 Salvador Sanchez w rsc 13 (15) Danny Lopez, Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA - WBC
1980-02-02 Salvador Sanchez w rsc 13 (15) Danny Lopez, Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA - WBC. Referee: Waldemar Schmidt. Right from the start Sanchez (125¾) imposed his authority on Lopez (125¼) with heavy rights and lefts numbing the champion after he had been opened up with left jabs. By the fifth round Lopez was a mess, with damage to his nose and both eyes, and an early stoppage looked on the cards. However, Lopez hung in there despite the pattern of the fight being set and virtually every time he attacked Sanchez he was effectively countered. Although Lopez had a better round in the eighth, when using the jab, it was apparent that he was tiring and in the tenth he was fighting on heart alone as Sanchez, now cut on the left eye, poured in the punches. It could not last and Lopez, his legs buckling under the drubbing, was finally saved from having to take further punishment when the referee called it off after 51 seconds of the 13th.