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Tony Lopez vs Dingaan Thobela

Tony Lopez vs Dingaan Thobela

Date: 12th February 1993

Venue: Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, USA

Title: WBA World Lightweight Title

Promoted by: Main Events


Tony Lopez
( 41 - 3 - 1 )
Weight: 134 3/4 lbs

Dingaan Thobela
( 28 - 0 - 1 )
Weight: 134 3/4 lbs

WBA World Lightweight Tony 'The Tiger' Lopez made the first defence of his title against South Africa's Dingaan Thobela at home in the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. Lopez won the title from Joey Gamache in Portland, Maine four months earlier.

Thobela boxed way above expectations and troubled the champion with his slick boxing skills as well as winning his fair share of rounds when they stood and traded which was thought to be Lopez's favoured tactic.

Lopez was cut by the right eye and looked the loser when the final bell rang to end the contest, however, the judges scored the fight in the champion's favour, awarding him a unanimous decision win.

Scores: Rodolfo Hill 116-114 | Cesar Ramos 116-114 | Fritz Werner 115-113.

Lopez and Thobela fought a rematch on the 26th June 1993 in Sun City, South Africa and Thobela took the title from Lopez on a unanimous decision.


Tony Lopez vs Dingaan Thobela

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