Japanese boxer Reiya Abe fell short in his bid to unseat Mexico's Luis Alberto Lopez as IBF world featherweight champion on Saturday, losing a one-sided bout via eighth-round technical knockout.

The 30-year-old Abe suffered a setback early in his first world title shot at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York when a hook from Lopez left him with a badly swollen right eye.

Japan's Reiya Abe (R) battles Mexico's Luis Alberto Lopez for the IBF world featherweight championship in Verona, New York, on March 2, 2024. (Photo courtesy of Milkey Williams/Top Rank)(Kyodo)

Laboring with one eye open, he was unable to stand his ground against a barrage from the champion early in the eighth, prompting the referee to stop the fight.

The result leaves Abe with a record of 25 wins, four losses and one draw, with 10 wins by knockout.

The 30-year-old Lopez improved to 30-2 (17 KOs) with his third successful defense of the belt.

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