1993-06-26 Dingaan Thobela w pts 12 Tony Lopez, The Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa - WBA
1993-06-26 Dingaan Thobela w pts 12 Tony Lopez, The Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa - WBA. Referee: John Coyle. Scorecards: 116-114, 116-114, 118-112. Taking the fight to his challenger from the opening bell, Lopez (134¾) made the body his priority, only to be held up by solid left jabs which kept him at bay for lengthy periods. By the start of the sixth Thobela (135) was out in front, but now Lopez began to close the distance down and get to the body where he was at his best. Although he was unable to keep Lopez at bay, the South African still managed to hurt his rival with hooks and uppercuts to the head and the former was almost out on his feet in the 11th after being set up with lefts and rights to the head. Being cut over the left eye in the final session didn’t deter Lopez from coming back strongly, but Thobela had already done enough to warrant the verdict.
[Category: 1993 Lightweight Title Contests]]