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Wilson outpoints Lopez on ‘Solo Boxeo’


Once-beaten junior featherweight Derrick Wilson spoiled the homecoming of fellow prospect Ricky Lopez by scoring an entertaining majority decision over the previously undefeated Denver native in the main event of a Telefutura-televised card from Denver on Friday.

Wilson (7-1-2, 2 knockouts) all but sealed his victory by scoring two knockdowns in the first round of the six-round bout that he won by scores of 58-54, 57-55 and 56-56.

The lightening-fast Floridian dropped Lopez (7-1, 2 KOs) with a hook in the first minute of the opening round and then floored the former amateur standout with a right hand 15 seconds before the bell.

Lopez, who moved from Denver to Oxnard, Calif., in early 2009, utilized lateral movement to survive the near-disastrous first round and as well as the second round, but he didn't begin to fight back until the third when he was able back Wilson to the ropes with body punches.

The young 122 pounders traded hard counter shots on even terms in the fourth round. Lopez was the aggressor in the fifth and appeared to take the sixth round but his late push was not enough to overcome the points deficit of the 10-7 round Wilson scored in the first.

In the opening bout of the Solo Boxeo broadcast, junior middleweight Erislandy Lara (12-0, 7 KOs) stopped William Correra (8-4, 8 KOs) in the first round of a scheduled 10.

Lara, a Miami-based former Cuban amateur star, dropped the Puerto Rican journeyman flat on his face with a straight left one minute into the opening round and finished the overmatched puncher with a right hook 30 seconds before the bell.