Fight Night: Sun, Apr 09, 2017 - The Novo at L.A. Live, Los Angeles

Lopez vs Corral

Former world title challenger Josesito Lopez scored a late knockdown as he swept his way to a 10-round unanimous decision over Saul Corral.
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Lopez vs Corral Highlights: April 9, 2017

Lopez vs Corral Round by Round Fight Summary. Rounds are displayed numerically as columns. Each row will display one of the following: W for win, L for loss, KO for knockout, or TKO for technical knock out. An empty column means that data is not available.
Fighter Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Lopez No data available No data available No data available No data available
Corral No data available No data available No data available No data available

Josesito Lopez took another step forward in his comeback, just a short walk from where he earned his greatest victory.

Josesito Lopez and Saul Corral

Josesito Lopez was able to wear down Saul Corral and gain a 10th-round knockdown on his way to earning a shutout unanimous decision in their 147-pound bout in Los Angeles. (Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions)

"The Riverside Rocky" worked hard to earn a clear but laborious 10-round shutout decision over Saul Corral in a 147-pound bout at The Novo at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The downtown venue is in the same entertainment boardwalk as Staples Center, where Lopez broke Victor Ortiz’s jaw in a signature TKO win nearly five years ago.

Lopez nearly got another stoppage against Corral, dropping the Mexican in his own corner with a barrage in the opening minute of the final round. Lopez couldn’t finish the job inside the distance, however, as Corral held on until the final bell, but he swept his way to a 100-89 victory on all three judges’ scorecards.

Lopez, 32, was fighting for the just second time since hand injuries kept him out of commission for more than 20 months following a TKO loss to Andre Berto in March 2015. It was also Lopez's second fight with trainer Robert Garcia in his corner, replacing Henry Ramirez.

Lopez showed he wasn't tentative in testing those hands, letting go of a lightning-quick power combination in the second round that found the mark and backed Corral up a bit.

Despite his underdog status, Corral ended up being a formidable challenge and took the Riverside, California, native the distance. As the rounds wore on, Corral's defense began to slip and Lopez's shots begun to find a home at a higher accuracy rate.

Lopez staggered his 30-year-old opponent in the sixth, but it came with just seconds remaining in the round and Corral was able to withstand the follow-up barrage. Corral took a more defensive approach in the ensuing rounds, perhaps bothered by the damage he was dealt.

The 147-pound division is arguably the deepest in boxing, meaning a healthy Lopez could potentially find himself lined up for another marquee matchup. Against Corral, he certainly looked completely healed from the injuries that kept him out of the ring for an extended period.

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