1993-02-12 Tony Lopez w pts 12 Dingaan Thobela, Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, USA - WBA
1993-02-12 Tony Lopez w pts 12 Dingaan Thobela, Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, USA - WBA. Referee: Larry Rozadilla. Scorecards: 115-113, 116-114, 116-114. Following a slow start the fight took off in the third as both men opened up, and as the rounds ebbed away it was Lopez (134¾) who appeared to be getting the worse of it as the challenger snapped his head back with the jab and matched him on the inside. Lopez did not seem to know how to deal with the jab other than close as quick as he could, his situation worsening when a huge gash appeared over his right eye in the eighth that was thought to have been caused by a clash of heads. The tenth was tremendous as they gave it everything, but from there to the final bell Thobela (134¾) appeared to do the better work as Lopez tired. When the decision was announced it was greeted with derision by the ringside press, who almost to a man scored it for the South African by a fair margin.