Leeds – In a compulsory showdown for the IBF featherweight title, Luis Alberto Lopez (27-2, 15 KOs) pulled off a twelve spherical majority resolution over Josh Warrington (31-2-1, 8 KOs) to develop into a world champion. (photographs by Mark Robinson)
The scores have been 114-114 for the draw, 115-113, 115-113 for Lopez.
A really quick begin within the first, with each throwing loads of punches. Lopez was very aggressive and taking the combat to Warrington, who was bleeding from the nostril from an uppercut. Warrington was in search of counters when Lopez got here in, touchdown strong pictures within the closing moments.
Lopez was very aggressive within the second as nicely. There was a conflict of heads, with Lopez struggling a lower above hie left eye. A give and take spherical within the third. Each have been touchdown strong punches. The fourth noticed Lopez pounding away with loads of heavy punches to nullify the workrate of Warrington.
Warrington was having issued with Lopez’s aggression and energy in the course of the fifth. He was hesitant along with his assaults and permitting Lopez to go after him. They have been combating on the within in the course of the remaining minute. The sixth was one other bruising spherical, with Lopez having the sting with the larger punches connecting. The seventh noticed a surge from Lopez along with his exercise, as Warrington seemed to be a bit worn down.
Lopez was connecting with heavy blows to the top and physique in the course of the eight spherical motion. The ninth was Warrington come out seeking to rally with mixtures. Warrington was on the transfer and boxing, making Lopez give chase. Warrington rallied with extra mixtures in the course of the remaining minute. Throughout the tenth, it was give and take as soon as once more in a detailed spherical. Lopez was doing extra harm with the larger punches.
Within the eleventh, Warrington was getting off with superb punches to the top and physique because the workrate of Lopez appeared to decelerate. The twelfth and remaining spherical noticed loads of holding at the beginning. Warrington was urgent and throwing punches to show the tide. He was connecting nicely and shut sturdy as Lopez gave the impression to be drained and doing loads of holding.