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Lopez shows heart, power

Updated: October 15, 2009, 6:09 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Eventually, it became all about beating the clock -- not Rogers Mtagwa -- for Juan Manuel Lopez.

The junior featherweight titleholder, with all sorts of big plans being plotted for him by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, almost went crashing down in flames but for a reservoir of will that was stunning.

Badly hurt late in the fight, Lopez showed incredible heart to stay on his feet and make it to the final bell and retain his 122-pound belt via dramatic ...

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