1980-06-21 Salvador Sanchez w rsc 14 (15) Danny Lopez, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC
1980-06-21 Salvador Sanchez w rsc 14 (15) Danny Lopez, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Mills Lane. A return match saw Lopez (126), a normally slow starter, coming out fast in order to keep the champion on the end of his long left, tactics which put him ahead by the sixth. Subsequently, though, all rounds went to Sanchez (126), who picked Lopez off almost as he pleased and consistently banged in countering right hands to shake the former champion up. In the 12th it was clear that Sanchez was looking to finish it and right through to the 13th he pressurised Lopez. With Lopez weakening fast, and with vicious combinations and uppercuts finding their target, at 1.42 of the 14th the referee intervened.
Having just won the Commonwealth title from Eddie Ndukwu, and rated at number six by The Ring magazine, Pat Ford was next in line for Sanchez. Extremely tall, with a left jab to match, Ford was unbeaten in 16 contests. He had also defeated Enrique Solis, a former title challenger.