Ricardo López (boxer)

Ricardo "El Finito" López Nava (born July 25, 1966) is a retired Mexican professional boxer. As a professional, he defended the Lineal and WBC Strawweight Championship a record 21 times. He also won the WBA and WBO Championships in the same weight class. López later won the IBF Light Flyweight Championship and defended it twice before retiring. He is one of just fifteen world boxing champions to retire without a loss. He is also the father of undefeated Flyweight prospect Alonso López.[2][3]

Ricardo López
Statistics
Real nameRicado López Nava
Nickname(s)El Finito (The Refined)[1]
Weight(s)Strawweight
Light Flyweight
NationalityMexican
Born (1966-07-25) July 25, 1966 (age 53)
Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights52
Wins51
Wins by KO38
Losses0
Draws1
No contests0

Amateur careerEdit

López would win four consecutive Guantes de Oro de México Championships from 1981 to 1984. He turned pro without having ever lost an amateur bout and is now known as one of the best amateur boxers to ever step in the ring.

Professional careerEdit

On January 18, 1985, Ricardo made his professional debut at the age of 18 by scoring a third round knockout of Rogelio Hernandez. He accumulated a record of 26–0 before receiving his first shot at a world title.

WBC Minimumweight ChampionshipEdit

On October 10, 1990, López defeated Lineal and WBC Minimumweight Champion Hideyuki Ohashi of Japan via a fifth round knockout to win his first world title.[4] In 1991, he defeated Korean former champion Kyung-Yung Lee (20–1). In 1992, he defended his title against Pretty Boy Lucas (22–2–2) of the Philippines and Rocky Lin (14–0) of Taiwan. López started 1993 with a stoppage victory over amateur standout Kwang-Soo Oh and followed it with a knockout over future two-time champion Saman Sorjaturong of Thailand. Sorjaturong was knocked down once in the 1st round and twice in the 2nd round when the referee stopped the bout.

Later that year, he knocked out Filipino former champion Manny Melchor in the 11th round. In his tenth title defense, López defeated future champion Kermin Guardia (21–0) by unanimous decision. He knocked out Surachai Saengmorakot (10–0) in the first round of his next bout. In 1995, he defeated Andy Tabanas (30–2) of the Philippines via 12th round knock out. In his next bout, he defeated another Filipino boxer and founder of the famous "Ala Gym" Ala Villamor (29–1–1) by knockout. In 1997, López defended his title against Mongkol Charoen (20–1).

WBO and WBA Minimumweight ChampionshipEdit

In his 20th world title bout, López unified his WBC title by defeating WBO Minimumweight Champion Alex Sánchez (25–1) of Puerto Rico via 5th round knockout. On March 7, 1998, López fought undefeated WBA Minimumweight Champion Rosendo Álvarez to a technical draw after referee Arthur Mercante Sr. stopped the contest following an accidental head butt in the seventh round. In the rematch, Álvarez came in over the minimumweight limit and was subsequently stripped of his title. Due to the weight disparity, the fight was in jeopardy. However, López chose to proceed with the contest against the heavier Álvarez with only López eligible to claim the now vacant WBA title. López defeated Álvarez by split decision to claim his third Minimumweight title.[5] After the fight, he vacated his titles in order to move up in weight.

IBF Light Flyweight ChampionshipEdit

In his first bout at Light Flyweight, López defeated IBF Champion Will Grigsby of the United States.[6]. He defended his title against former champion Ratanapol Sor Vorapin. On 29 September 2001, López knocked out Zolani Petelo,[7] who had recently vacated his IBF Minimumweight title, the only Minimumweight title that López had not claimed before moving up to Light Flyweight. He officially announced his retirement from boxing at a press conference on November 28, 2002, in Mexico City.

RetirementEdit

Ricardo López was the third champion in history to retire undefeated and the first to do so as both an amateur and professional fighter. He also shares with Joe Louis and Floyd Mayweather Jr. the record for most consecutive title bouts without a loss (twenty-six).[8][9] This streak began with his knockout of Hideyuki Ohashi to win the WBC Minimumweight title in 1990 and ended with his knockout of Zolani Petelo to defend his IBF Light Flyweight title in 2001. Ricardo only had one draw, which came against Rosendo Álvarez in 1998 in López's 48th bout and was avenged in the rematch eight months later. His final record was 51 wins (38 knockouts), 0 losses and 1 draw.

Life after boxingEdit

López now works as a boxing broadcaster for the Mexican Televisa network.[10]

HonorsEdit

López was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.[11]

Ricardo "El Finito" López was voted as the greatest Strawweight and Light Flyweight Champion ever by the Houston Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2014, while BoxRec rates him the best Minimumweight of all time.[12] The Houston Boxing Hall Of Fame is a voting body composed entirely of current and former fighters.

Professional recordEdit

Professional record summary
52 fights 51 wins 0 losses
By knockout 38 0
By decision 13 0
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
52 Win 51–0–1   Zolani Petelo KO 8 (12), 1:32 Sep 29, 2001   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Retained IBF light flyweight title
51 Win 50–0–1   Ratanapol Sor Vorapin TKO 3 (12), 2:11 Dec 2, 2000   Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained IBF light flyweight title
50 Win 49–0–1   Will Grigsby UD 12 Oct 2, 1999   Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won IBF light flyweight title
49 Win 48–0–1   Rosendo Álvarez SD 12 Nov 13, 1998   Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained lineal minimumweight title
Won WBA minimumweight title
WBC Minimumweight title not on the line as Álvarez was over weight limit.
48 Draw 47–0–1   Rosendo Álvarez TD 8 (12) Mar 7, 1998   Plaza de Toros México, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles.
For WBA minimumweight title
47 Win 47–0   Alex Sánchez TKO 5 (12), 1:58 Aug 23, 1997   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, United States Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
Won WBO minimumweight title
46 Win 46–0   Mongkol Charoen UD 12 Mar 29, 1997   Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
45 Win 45–0   Myung-Sup Park TKO 1 (12), 2:22 Dec 7, 1996   Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
44 Win 44–0   Morgan Ndumo TKO 6 (12), 0:55 Nov 9, 1996   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
43 Win 43–0   Kitichai Preecha TKO 3 (12), 1:46 Jun 29, 1996   Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
42 Win 42–0   Edito “Ala” Villamor TKO 8 (12), 0:40 Mar 16, 1996   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
41 Win 41–0   Andy Tabanas TKO 12 (12), 2:45 Apr 1, 1995   Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
40 Win 40–0   Yamil Caraballo TKO 1 (12), 1:10 Dec 10, 1994   Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
39 Win 39–0   Javier Varguez TKO 8 (12), 1:33 Nov 12, 1994   Plaza de Toros México, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
38 Win 38–0   Surachai Saengmorakot TKO 1 (12), 1:53 Sep 17, 1994   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
37 Win 37–0   Kermin Guardia UD 12 May 7, 1994   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
36 Win 36–0   Manny Melchor KO 11 (12), 2:00 Dec 18, 1993   Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United States Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
35 Win 35–0   Toto Pongsawang TKO 11 (12), 2:30 Sep 19, 1993   Capitol City Discotheque, Bangkok, Thailand Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
34 Win 34–0   Saman Sorjaturong TKO 2 (12), 2:45 Jul 3, 1993   Parque la Junta, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
33 Win 33–0   Kwang-Soo Oh TKO 9 (12) Jan 31, 1993   Indoor Gymnasium, Pohang City, South Korea Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
32 Win 32–0   Rocky Lin TKO 2 (12) Oct 11, 1992   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
31 Win 31–0   Singprasert Kittikasem TKO 5 (12) Aug 22, 1992   Auditorio Americo Villareal, Ciudad Madero, Mexico Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
30 Win 30–0   Pretty Boy Lucas UD 12 (12) Mar 16, 1992   Fronton Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
29 Win 29–0   Kyung-Yun Lee UD 12 (12) Dec 21, 1991   Jamsil Arena, Seoul, South Korea Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
28 Win 28–0   Kimio Hirano TKO 8 (12) May 19, 1991   Kusanagi Gymnasium, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan Retained WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
27 Win 27–0   Hideyuki Ohashi TKO 5 (12) Oct 25, 1990   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Won WBC and lineal minimumweight titles
26 Win 26–0   Francisco Montiel UD 10 (10) Jun 29, 1990   Mexico City, Mexico
25 Win 25–0   Jorge Rivera KO 8 (12) Mar 15, 1990   Fairmont Hotel, Dallas, Texas, United States Retained WBC Continental Americas Minimumweight title.
24 Win 24–0   Rey Hernandez KO 12 (12) Nov 7, 1989   Arena México, Mexico City, Mexico Won WBC Continental Americas Minimumweight title.
23 Win 23–0   Jose Luis Zepeda TKO 7 (10) Aug 26, 1989   Mexico City, Mexico
22 Win 22–0   Raymundo Ricardo Mendoza KO 5 Aug 4, 1989   Tulancingo, Mexico
21 Win 21–0   Abel Andres KO 2 Jul 8, 1989   León, Guanajuato, Mexico
20 Win 20–0   Jorge Torres KO 8 May 30, 1989   Guasave, Mexico
19 Win 19–0   Javier Juarez UD 10 (10) May 6, 1989   Mexico City, Mexico
18 Win 18–0   Ubaldo Gonzalez TKO 6 Jan 27, 1989   Mazatlán, Mexico
17 Win 17–0   Ismael Benitez UD 10 (10) Nov 12, 1988   Mexico City, Mexico
16 Win 16–0   Evaristo Morales KO 5 Aug 27, 1988   Mexico City, Mexico
15 Win 15–0   Fermin Rivera KO 3 Jul 30, 1988   Zacapu, Michoacán, Mexico
14 Win 14–0   Javier Alonso UD 10 (10) Aug 18, 1987   Mexico City, Mexico
13 Win 13–0   Alex Mollado KO 1 Jul 31, 1987   Acapulco, Mexico
12 Win 12–0   Eduardo Ramirez UD 10 (10) Apr 18, 1987   Mexico City, Mexico
11 Win 11–0   Herminio Ramirez UD 10 (10) Dec 8, 1986   Tlalnepantla, Mexico
10 Win 10–0   Jorge Flores KO 2 Oct 6, 1986   Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico
9 Win 9–0   Herminio Ramirez UD 10 (10) Jul 28, 1986   Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico
8 Win 8–0   Santiago Huizar KO 2 May 1, 1986   Zacatecas City, Zacatecas, Mexico
7 Win 7–0   Reyes Mendez KO 1 Mar 24, 1986   Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico
6 Win 6–0   Narciso Panchi KO 5 Aug 2, 1985   Arena Naucalpan, Mexico City, Mexico
5 Win 5–0   Manuel Martinez KO 2 Jun 27, 1985   San Luis Potosí City, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
4 Win 4–0   Javier Dominguez KO 3 Mar 8, 1985   Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
3 Win 3–0   Sebastian Reyes KO 2 Feb 18, 1985   Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
2 Win 2–0   Antonio Arciniega KO 2 Feb 6, 1985   Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
1 Win 1–0   Rogelio Hernandez KO 3 (4) Jan 18, 1985   Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Finito" López, un ejemplo de vida... y de deportista. pids.com.mx. July 25, 2011
  2. ^ "Finito" Lopez Re-born. The Boxing Truth (January 30, 2010). Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
  3. ^ ¡Finito López Jr. derrotó a Cruz en Ciudad México!. Notifight.com. Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
  4. ^ "Ricardo López - Lineal Minimumweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  5. ^ JORGE ARCE KO6 ROSENDO ALVAREZ. Fightwriter.com (April 10, 2006). Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
  6. ^ "Battered Chavez plans to keep fighting". Reading Eagle. October 4, 1999. p. D5. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  7. ^ "Lopez keeps title with eighth-round KO". The Times of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Latino flavor for "World's Greatest Ever Boxers" promotion. Eastsideboxing.com. Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
  9. ^ http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-boxing-mayweather-20150914-story.html
  10. ^ Rodolfo Castr, José (February 2, 2009) Finito López: no todo es salvajismo en el boxeo. notifight.com
  11. ^ Ricardo Lopez. Cyber Boxing Zone. Retrieved on March 16, 2014.
  12. ^ "World all minimumweight ratings". BoxRec. Retrieved December 23, 2017.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Hideyuki Ohashi
WBC Minimumweight Champion
October 25, 1990–1999
Vacated
Succeeded by
Wandee Singwancha
Lineal Minimumweight Champion
October 25, 1990–1999
Vacated
Vacant
Preceded by
Alex Sánchez
WBO Minimumweight Champion
August 23, 1997 – March 7, 1998
Vacated
Succeeded by
Eric Jamili
Preceded by
Rosendo Álvarez
WBA Minimumweight Champion
November 13, 1998–1999
Vacated
Succeeded by
Noel Arambulet
Preceded by
Will Grigsby
IBF Light Flyweight Champion
October 2, 1999 – November 28, 2002
Retired
Víctor Burgos