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CHAVEZ POUNDS CHALLENGER LOPEZ

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Julio Cesar Chavez methodically pounded challenger Tony Lopez to retain his WBC Super Lightweight championship Saturday when the referee stopped the fight in the 10th round.

Dr. Romeo Garcia Benavides halted the fight at 1:41 of the round because the challenger from Sacramento, Calif., was bleeding over both eyes. With both eyes swelling, Lopez was bleeding especially profusely over the right eye."The cut was really bad. There was no sense of letting it continue. If the people would have seen this cut, they would not have booed the stoppage," said referee Luis Carlos Guzman.

Chavez was far ahead on all three cards.

It was Chavez' 93rd win against only one loss and one draw. The national sporting hero from Culiacan, Mexico, is in a farewell tour of fights, planning to reach 100 late next year before he retires.