Danny Lopez vs. Salvador Sanchez (1st meeting)
Salvador Sanchez 125 lbs beat Danny Lopez 126 lbs by TKO at 0:51 in round 13 of 15
- Date: 1980-02-02
- Location: Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
- Judge: Lou Filippo 119-110
- Judge: Chuck Hassett 118-111
- Referee: Waldemar Schmidt
- Judge: Jorge L Velasco 120-108
- Fought in a 16 foot ring.
- Danny Lopez was cut over his right eye in round three, with Sanchez developed a nose bleed in the same round.
- Early in the fourth round, Lopez began to develop swelling under his left eye. By the end of the round, his eye was almost completely closed.
- Amidst furious exchanges that saw him routinely absorbing flush Sanchez power punches, the nose of Lopez began to bleed halfway through round four. He also developed a cut on the nose.
- Lopez was cut over the left eye in round 5.
- With 15 seconds to go in the sixth round, referee stopped the action and and called for a doctor to inspect the multiple badly bleeding cuts sustained by Danny Lopez.
- Sanchez was cut over the left eye in round 7.
- Another doctor inspection was called in round 7, with the doctor verifying that Lopez could fight on.
- No knockdowns.
This was an action-packed fight, as were many of Danny "Little Red" Lopez' fights. The headline for this fight was: "Little Red vs. Little Known." Before the fight, many ringside observers said "Salvador 'who'?" They would for sure know "who" Salvador was afterwards. Many experts said that Lopez would KO Sanchez by the 4th round, saying that Sanchez's big jaw would be an easy target to find for Lopez. Sanchez put on a devastating show of power, and gave Lopez one of the most terrible beatings he's ever had. Lopez was staggered many times throughout the fight, especially in the 1st round. Angelo Dundee repeatedly acknowledged Salvador's punching power. By the time that the middle rounds came around, Sanchez was willing to stand toe-to-toe with Lopez, and he got the better of the exchanges without much problem. In the later rounds, Salvador showed that he had a ton of energy left as he repeatedly went in for the finish. Lopez showed great tenacity in trying to hang in there with Sanchez, but he still continually got staggered in the process. By the 13nth round, Lopez's face was a mess. He was bleeding from somewhere in the face, and/or possibly several places ...... it was hard to know for sure, and the left side of his face was completely bruised along with his left eye, almost sealed shut. Sanchez landed a hard right hand-left hook combo that staggered Lopez, Sanchez went after him, following him with short one-twos. The referee moved in to stop the fight while Sanchez was pounding Lopez into the ropes and landing vicious uppercuts and hard right hands. Sanchez jumped for joy, and Lopez showed great sportsmanship in congratulating the new champion.