Danny Lopez vs. Jose DePaula

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1978-04-23 : Danny Lopez 126 lbs beat Jose de Paula 125½ lbs by TKO at 1:30 in round 6 of 15

  • Location: Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Referee: Dick Young

"Danny 'Little Red' Lopez overwhelmed Brazilian challenger Jose DePaula in scoring a 6th round knockout to successfully defend his WBC featherweight championship at the Olympic Auditorium Sunday afternoon. Lopez floored the Brazilian with a left to the head that opened a cut under the challenger's right eye as the 5th round ended. The bout was stopped at 1:30 of the 6th round with Lopez batering the defenseless challenger at will. It appeared that referee Dick Young was about to stop the bout when a towel was thrown into the ring from DePaula's corner." -Associated Press

Scorecards - through five completed rounds (all for Lopez)

  • Referee Dick Young - 49-45
  • Judge George Latka - 49-45
  • Judge John Thomas - 50-45

  • Unofficial AP scorecard - 49-46 Lopez
  • DePaula was a substitute for Eduardo Prieto of Chile who pulled out earlier in the month citing the flu.
  • Purses - Lopez - $110,000, DePaula - $15,000

Post fight comments

  • "After I hurt him in the 2nd round, I knew it was just a matter of time. I thought he was a pretty good fighter, but David Kotey's a little better." -Danny Lopez
  • "It would have been a better fight if I had more time to train. I just wasn't ready." -Jose DePaula