1991-09-13 Brian Mitchell w pts 12 Tony Lopez, Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, USA - IBF
1991-09-13 Brian Mitchell w pts 12 Tony Lopez, Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, USA - IBF. Referee: Pat Russell. Scorecards: 116-112, 117-111, 115-113. Six months after their thrilling draw, the return saw Mitchell (129), having relinquished the IBF title, using different tactics this time round as he looked to unseat the champion. Starting much quicker, Mitchell outboxed Lopez (130) in the opening two rounds before first one man and then the other had good spells. By the eighth, Mitchell, carrying a cut over the right eye from the early rounds, was just about ahead, but from there on in he moved up a gear behind the jab and the right cross to come home on the cards despite a spirited rally from Lopez in the last session.
Mitchell retired as undefeated IBF champion in January 1992.