The challenger recovered from an early lower to his left eye to surprise the house favorite after two of the judges scored the bout in favour of the Mexican, with the opposite deeming the competition a draw.
It ends Warrington’s hopes of a unification combat in 2023 and extra spoiled the birthday party after the principle tournament have been not on time by way of England’s Global Cup quarter-final defeat to France.
Regardless of an electrical ringwalk and surroundings, it used to be Lopez who made the more potent get started and he used to be ready to attract blood from the nostril of Warrington all the way through the hole spherical.
Lopez wanted remedy in spherical two after an unintentional conflict of heads left the Mexican with a lower on his left eye.
Parallels may well be drawn with Warrington’s 2d conflict with Mauricio Lara closing 12 months, referred to as off early as a technical draw because of identical instances.
Lopez carried on, on the other hand, and seemed unfazed along with his extra correct pictures inflicting the house favorite all types of issues.
Warrington began to search out his vary within the center phase of the combat and produced a large left hook within the 6th spherical.
Challenger Lopez used to be nonetheless smiling and chatting away whilst continuously handing out punishment to the frame of the British boxer.
The pace larger within the latter phases with the duo buying and selling blows, however in spite of a super last spherical from Warrington the Mexican stood company to verify the judges would make a decision the winner.
Whilst one of the most scorecards went with a 114-114 draw, the opposite two have been 115-113 in favour of Lopez to offer the 29-year-old the largest victory of his occupation.
Warrington instructed DAZN: “I’m completely devastated shedding my name like that however I wish to say a large thanks to these types of for making noise, so thanks.
“I did have aspiration of doing different issues. Clearly I sought after to visit the (United) States and I nonetheless wish to do this. Possibly unifying is a step too a long way however I feel I will be able to nonetheless combat one of the most different champions. Clearly I might have the rematch as smartly as a result of I assumed I used to be a bit exhausting finished by way of there.”
Lopez added: “I’m actually satisfied at the present time. It’s been an extended duration of preparation. As I stated within the build-up, that is my second, it comes from exhausting paintings. I’m thrilled to be international champion.
“To be fair I needed to recognize him entering his town, in entrance of his other people. I knew he used to be a filthy fighter however he stunned me much more, he used to be hitting me to the legs, within the intestine and the referee I didn’t really feel did his paintings.”