1980-07-13 Matthew Saad Muhammad w rsc 14 (15) Yaqui Lopez, Great Gorge Playboy Hotel, McAfee, New Jersey, USA - WBC
1980-07-13 Matthew Saad Muhammad w rsc 14 (15) Yaqui Lopez, Great Gorge Playboy Hotel, McAfee, New Jersey, USA - WBC. Referee: Waldemar Schmidt. In what was his fourth attempt to win a title Lopez (173¾) seemed to be in front coming into the ninth, having landed well with both hands and forced the champion back on several occasions. However, this stage of the fight saw Muhammad finally get going when sending in unanswered blows to head and body, the pressure paying off for him as the rapidly tiring Lopez began to give ground in the 13th. Coming out fast for the 14th Muhammad waded in to Lopez, and after dropping him four times for mandatory ‘eight’ counts the referee came to his rescue with 57 seconds of the round remaining.