1997-10-17 Ike Quartey drew 12 Jose Luis Lopez, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, USA - WBA
1997-10-17 Ike Quartey drew 12 Jose Luis Lopez, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, USA - WBA. Referee: Steve Smoger. Scorecards: 116-112, 113-113, 114-114. Opening up with a ramrod left lead, the champion concentrated on that punch all night as Lopez (146½) seemed unable to handle it despite being the taller than his rival, and according to punchstats he was hit at the rate of six punches to one. Twice Lopez dropped Quartey (146), in the second round with a stiff right counter and in the 11th with a left-right. Quartey was up quickly on both occasions, while Lopez, in trying to finish, was wild and wasted much energy when missing the target. Initially the decision was announced as a win for Quartey, but after the WBA supervisor checked the cards when there were found to be discrepancies the result was changed to that of a majority draw.
After Quartey forfeited the WBA version of the title in August 1998 for failing to go through with a defence against Andrey Pestryaev, the latter was matched against James Page to decide the vacancy. Initially, the WBA had mandated that it was Lopez who would be meeting Pestryaev, but following much haggling it was agreed that the Mexican would get first crack at the winner.