Francisco Vargas stopped Juan Manuel Lopez on the Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy Lara card Saturday in Las Vegas, as Lopez couldn’t answer the bell to start Round 4.
The fighters exchanged punches at a crazy rate in an action-packed third round but Lopez clearly got the worst of it, as he was staggered more than once before going down under a barrage of hard shots.
Lopez (34-4, 31 knockouts) evidently was too injured to continue because his cornermen stopped the fight.
The victory was a breakthrough for Vargas (20-0-1, 14 KOs), who had beaten some good fighters but had never faced a fighter with the name recognition of Lopez.
Vargas fought for Mexico in the 2008 Olympics.
Lopez was coming off a sensational knockout of Daniel Ponce de Leon but has now been stopped in four of his past eight fights.