Danny 'Little Red' Lopez v Mike Ayala WBC Featherweight Championship (1979) Round 1: Lopez 10-9 Round 2: Ayala 10-9 Round 3: Ayala 10-9 Round 4: Ayala 10-9 Round 5: Lopez 10-9 Round 6: Lopez 10-9 Round 7: Lopez 10-8 Round 8: Ayala 10-9 Round 9: Ayala 10-9 Round 10: Lopez 10-9 Round 11 Lopez 10-8* Round 12: Ayala 10-9 Round 13: Ayala 10-9 Round 14: Lopez 10-9 Round 15: Lopez KO A terrific fight between two excellent featherweights. This was 1979's fight of the year. Ayala, only 22 and fighting in front of his hometown fans, ranked number 1 contender, challenged the dangerous Danny Lopez. This is what a fight between number 1 contender should be; a close, hard-fought fight with no quarter asked nor given. The much shorter Ayala started well, going to the ropes on his own volition, content to counter Lopez and slip or block leather coming his way. I gave him 3 of the first 4 rounds based on effective counter-punching. Lopez started to gain some momentum from the 5th round, scoring with some nice jabs and occasional right hand, scoring a knockdown in the 7th with what looked like a bodyshot. Ayala, who was content to give ground and go to the ropes whenever he could, came back to score with several clean punches over the next 2 rounds, while Lopez seemed to give up on the body shots that gave him the knockdown. Going into the 11th, I had Lopez one point to the good. The 11th proved to be pretty controversial. Ayala went down from a punch, taking the count, a bit dazed but not seriously hurt. He got to his feet at the count of 10, but referee Carlos Padilla waved it off and sent Ayala (who wasn't complaining) back to his corner. Fight over. But wait, the timekeeper alleged that Ayala got up at the count of 9, and thus the fight should continue. A very bizarre moment and the first of it's kind I've seen. So the ring is cleared and the fight continues, among much confusion. The end came in the 15th round, where Ayala, whose nose had been bleeding and perhaps broken as early as the 3rd round, took two jolting rights to the jaw in the corner, where he went down and took the full count. This time, there was no controversy or confusion. Lopez by KO in 15 hard rounds. My card at the time was 135-132 Lopez. Official scores: 135-132 Lopez 135-129 Lopez 131-134 Ayala The final scorecard is hard to fathom, which was in favour of Ayala, at least according to Boxrec. Anyway, the knockout made the scores redundant.