Matthew Saad Muhammad vs Yaqui Lopez II (1980 Fight of the Year - Ring Magazine)
WBC light heavyweight title
Great Gorge Playboy Club
McAfee, New Jersey
The second meeting between these two warriors. The first was for the NABF 175lb strap 2 years earlier in which Saad Muhammad got the better of Lopez stopping him in the 11th round of a scheduled 12. It earned Muhammad a shot at then WBC champ Marvin Johnson whom he neatly disposed of in 8 rounds. 3 more defences later he was set to face Lopez again, this time for the title. Lopez, since the first meeting, had gone 6-1 with 5 KO's to earn himself another shot. This time he came in determined to turn the tables on Muhammad and take the strap home. In what amounted to a brutal bout this fight kicked off the 1980's in a big way being named the fight of the year. Enjoy!