2001-09-29 Ricardo Lopez w co 8 Zolani Petelo, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - IBF

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2001-09-29 Ricardo Lopez w co 8 Zolani Petelo, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - IBF. Referee: Arthur Mercante. Despite being unable to penetrate the champion’s defences, Petelo (107¾) made a game showing against a man recognised as one of the best fighters around. As early as the second round Petelo had been hammered to the canvas by a left hook, but somehow kept going until Lopez (107) caught up with him again and nailed him with a right-left in the eighth, this time for keeps after the referee had counted the South African out on the 1.32 mark.

Lopez announced his retirement from boxing in December 2002.