Challenger Luis Alberto Lopez (27-2, 15 KOs) appeared sensational on Saturday evening, education IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington (31-2-1, 8 KOs) in successful a 12 spherical majority choice on the First Direct Enviornment in Leeds, England.
The 29-year-old Lopez overcame a lower over his left eye from a headbutt from Warrington in spherical two to dethrone the IBF 126-lb champion in entrance of his personal followers.
In rounds one by 9, Lopez was masterful, connecting with main uppercuts, left hooks, and exhausting jabs to demoralize the 32-year-old Warrington. Not one of the rounds had been shut, as Lopez related the cleaner, more durable punches and used his superior hand & foot velocity to get the higher of the motion.
The judges scored 114-114, 115-113, and 115-113. Boxing 247 scored it for Lopez 117-111. Warrington ought to have been penalized for his punches to the again of the pinnacle, head clashes shouldering, and holding & hitting.
Lopez appeared to harm Warrington with a tough physique shot within the third spherical that despatched him retreating. The Mexican warrior then chased Warrington across the ring, nailing him with vicious head & physique pictures that had him holding on to get his wind again.
Within the fourth, Lopez landed lovely uppercuts from the surface. He would bend ahead and throw vicious uppercuts with excellent accuracy that snapped Warrington’s head again.
We noticed Lopez use this punch all through the competition, however he was simpler by the primary eight rounds. The fouling that Warrington did within the championship rounds appeared to get Lopez off his recreation, as he getting hit with a variety of blatant rabbit punches and getting head-butt.
🗣 “I am completely devastated” @J_Warrington reacts to his defeat tonight #WarringtonLopez pic.twitter.com/gFGkSDz8WM
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) December 10, 2022
Warrington took his roughhouse ways to a different stage within the final 4 rounds, roughing up Lopez nonstop with a witch’s brew of fouls with out the referee addressing the bending of the foundations.
With the referee doing nothing to cease Warrington’s unlawful ways, Lopez was on the market on his personal, pressured to maneuver & maintain to attempt to preserve from getting labored over.
It was an outstanding efficiency from Lopez, dethroning Warrington to change into the brand new IBF champion. If there’s a rematch, it will be a good suggestion to stage it in a impartial venue within the U.S. or one other nation. Lopez shouldn’t have to return again to the UK to combat Warrington in entrance of his residence followers once more now that he’s the IBF champion.