A crowd of about 60,000 watched in silence as U.S. boxer Danny Lopez battered his?
A crowd of about 60,000 watched in silence as U.S. boxer Danny Lopez battered his way to a points victory over local boxer David "Poison" Kotey in Accra on Saturday (8 November). The win gave Lopez the World Boxing Council's version of the world featherweight title.
SYNOPSIS: Kotey, who won the title a year ago when he beat Mexico's Ruben Olivares, was a national hero. He'd predicted he would stop Lopez before the seventh round.
Kotey started with a flurry of left jabs and was clearly looking for an early knock out. It was the Ghanaian's third defence of his title this year.
Lopez began to come into the fight from the sixth round. By the eleventh, Kotey had a cut eye and looked to be in serious trouble against the American's aggressive punching.
Late in the round, Lopez produced several lethal combinations that eventually sent his opponent crashing to the canvas. Kotey took the compulsory eight count and fought on.
The capacity crowd was stunned into silence as their champion started to fail. By the 14th round, Lopez was in complete command, scoring freely with well timed hooks and crosses.
As the round drew to a close, it was obvious that Lopez had built up an unassailable points lead and that only a miracle could save Kotey from losing his title.
That miracle did not happen. Kotey, with blood streaming from his mouth and with both eyes partially closed, hung on bravely. It was courage alone that kept on his feet during the final round.
It was to be Lopez's 33rd victory in 36 fights. The former number two contender is only 24 years-old and appears to have a great future in boxing.