1998-12-05 James Page w pts 12 Jose Luis Lopez, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBA

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1998-12-05 James Page w pts 12 Jose Luis Lopez, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBA. Referee: Tony Perez. Scorecards: 116-111, 115-112, 115-111. Starting strongly, Page (147) punched away at Lopez (146½), who seemed content to take whatever was coming his way before opening up in the third and almost winning the fight. Having nearly knocked his opponent down with a left jab in the second, but under immediate pressure himself, Lopez opened up in the third to drop Page and rained in punch after punch before the bell came to the champion’s rescue. Although Lopez struck with solid blows over the next few rounds, having Page stumbling around at times before dropping him again in the ninth, he was beginning to fade and the latter came on strongly to take the last three sessions to make sure of retaining the title.