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Yaqui López

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Álvaro López (born May 21, 1951 in Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico) is a former Mexican boxer and current member of the Boxing Hall of Fame.[1] A native of Zacatecas, Zacatecas, López was very popular among Mexicans and is considered by many as one of the greatest Light Heavyweights to never become world champion.[2][3]

Yaqui Lopez
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Real nameÁlvaro López
Nickname(s)Yaqui
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Light Heavyweight
Height6 ft 3 in (192 cm)
Reach77 in (197 cm)
NationalityMexico Mexican
Born (1951-05-21) May 21, 1951 (age 68)
Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights76
Wins61
Wins by KO39
Losses15
Draws0
No contests0

Early lifeEdit

The story of López starts with his birth under a bull ring in the Plaza de Toros San Pedro in Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico. He was raised for 14 years underneath the seats in an adobe garage of a famous Bullring in Zacatecas.

A Young López had dreams of becoming a Matador, but those dreams were shattered when in his teens, he got a shot at fighting a bull. After about four or five passes, the bull drove his horn into his ankle which shattered it. With that shattered ankle came shattered dreams of becoming a bullfighter.

Amateur careerEdit

López ended his amateur career with a record of 13-3. At the Diamond Belt Championship in Eureka, California, he knocked out the defending champion to win the title. A lot of Native Americans were at the event and asked his trainer Jack Cruz, if Álvaro was Native American. Cruz lied and told them that López was of Yaqui heritage.

Professional careerEdit

In April 1972, Álvaro faced the veteran Herman Hampton to win his pro debut. The bout was held at the Civic Auditorium in Stockton, California.[4]

WBC Light Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

On October 9, 1976, López lost a very disputed decision to world champion John Conteh. Many[who?] thought López had pulled off the upset. The fight was held in Denmark.[5]

WBA Light Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

Álvaro met Víctor Galíndez in two installment for the WBC Light Heavyweight Championship. The fights were held in Italy and both bouts went the distance. Some boxing writers thought that Álvaro won the fights, though the decision victories went to the champion, Galindez.[6]

He was one of the very few boxers of his time to challenge James Scott at the Rahway State Prison.[7]

1980 Fight of the YearEdit

López would later fight in the Ring Magazine's 1980 Fight of the Year against WBC Light Heavyweight Champion, Matthew Saad Muhammad. The first half of the fight was dominated by López, with all three score cards very close up until the fourteenth round. When Álvaro ran out of gas and was stopped.[8]

WBC Cruiserweight ChampionshipEdit

In Álvaro's last world title attempt, he would lose to the much younger WBC Cruiserweight Champion, Carlos De León.[9] López would then wait almost a year and fight Bash Ali, before retiring from boxing.[10]

LegacyEdit

Lopez is a member of both California Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.[11][12] He has his own gym named after him, Yaqui Lopez's Fat City Boxing.www.yaquilopezsfatcityboxing.com During Álvaro's career he faced Víctor Galíndez, Mike Rossman, Mike Quarry, Tony Mundine, Jesse Burnett, James Scott, S. T. Gordon, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Carlos De León, Michael Spinks, and John Conteh.[13][14]

Professional boxing recordEdit

61 Wins (39 knockouts, 22 decisions), 15 Losses (6 knockouts, 9 decisions) [1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 61-15   Bash Ali SD 12 12-09-1984   Stockton, California, United States
Loss 61-14   Carlos De Leon TKO 4 (12) 21-09-1983   San Jose, California, United States For WBC World Cruiserweight title.
Win 61-13   Eddie Gonzales UD 10 07-05-1983   Stateline, Nevada, United States
Win 60-13   Mike Jameson UD 10 19-02-1983   Incline Village, Nevada, United States
Win 59-13   James Williams UD 10 27-11-1982   Incline Village, Nevada, United States
Win 58-13   Roger Braxton UD 10 09-09-1982   Stateline, Nevada, United States
Win 57-13   Ken Arlt UD 10 31-07-1982   Incline Village, Nevada, United States
Win 56-13   David Smith UD 12 01-06-1982   Sacramento, California, United States Won California Cruiserweight title.
Win 55-13   Alvin Dominey TKO 6 (10) 05-05-1982   Stockton, California, United States
Loss 54-13   Johnny Davis UD 10 14-01-1982   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 54-12   Tony Mundine TKO 3 (12) 27-11-1981   Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Loss 53-12   ST Gordon TKO 7 (12) 24-07-1981   Reno, Nevada, United States For NABF Cruiserweight Title.
Win 53-11   Willie Taylor KO 7 (10) 27-05-1981   Stockton, California, United States
Win 52-11   George O'Mara TKO 10 (10) 18-03-1981   San Carlos, California, United States
Win 51-11   Grover Robinson KO 4 (10) 14-02-1981   Incline Village, Nevada, United States
Win 50-11   Carl Ivy KO 3 (10) 29-11-1980   Incline Village, Nevada, United States
Loss 49-11   Michael Spinks TKO 7 (10) 18-10-1980   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 49-10   Matthew Muhammad TKO 14 (15) 13-07-1980   McAfee, New Jersey, United States For WBC World Light Heavyweight title.
1980 The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year.
Win 49-9   Bobby Lloyd KO 8 (10) 20-05-1980   Fresno, California, United States
Win 48-9   Pete McIntyre KO 8 (12) 16-04-1980   Fresno, California, United States
Loss 47-9   James Scott UD 10 01-12-1979   Woodbridge, New Jersey, United States
Win 47-8   Bash Ali UD 10 04-10-1979   Redwood City, California, United States
Win 46-8   Andros Ernie Barr KO 4 (10) 12-09-1979   Stockton, California, United States
Win 45-8   Ivy Brown KO 3 (10) 27-02-1979   Sacramento, California, United States
Win 44-8   Wilbert Albers KO 3 (10) 18-01-1979   Stockton, California, United States
Loss 43-8   Matthew Muhammad TKO 11 (12) 24-10-1978   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States For NABF Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 43-7   Jesse Burnett UD 15 02-07-1978   Stockton, California, United States
Loss 42-7   Victor Galindez UD 15 06-05-1978   Viareggio, Toscana, Italy For WBA World Light Heavyweight title.
Win 42-6   Mike Rossman TKO 6 (10) 02-03-1978   New York City, United States
Win 41-6   Fabian Falconette TKO 2 (10) 12-01-1978   Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 40-6   Clarence Geigger KO 4 (10) 15-12-1977   Stockton, California, United States
Win 39-6   Chuck Warfield KO 4 (10) 27-10-1977   Stockton, California, United States
Loss 38-6   Victor Galindez UD 15 17-09-1977   Rome, Lazio, Italy For WBA World Light Heavyweight title.
Win 38-5   Benny Barra KO 5 (10) 27-07-1977   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 37-5   Manuel Fierro KO 3 (10) 20-07-1977   Stockton, California, United States
Win 36-5   Bobby Lloyd KO 5 (10) 17-06-1977   Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Loss 35-5   Lonnie Bennett TKO 3 (10) 22-04-1977   Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 35-4   Larry Castaneda KO 8 (10) 07-03-1977   Stockton, California, United States
Win 34-4   Danny Brewer TKO 6 (10) 17-02-1977   Stateline, Nevada, United States
Win 33-4   Pete McIntyre KO 6 (10) 08-12-1976   Stockton, California, United States
Win 32-4   Clarence Geigger TKO 5 (10) 18-11-1976   Stateline, Nevada, United States
Loss 31-4   John Conteh UD 15 09-10-1976   Copenhagen, Denmark For WBC World Light Heavyweight title.
Win 31-3   Larry Castaneda KO 9 (10) 17-07-1976   Stockton, California, United States
Win 30-3   Karl Zurheide TKO 6 (10) 30-06-1976   Stockton, California, United States
Win 29-3   David Smith UD 10 03-05-1976   Stockton, California, United States
Win 28-3   Terry Lee UD 10 12-02-1976   Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 27-3   Jesse Burnett SD 12 24-09-1975   Stockton, California, United States Won California Light Heavyweight Title.
Loss 26-3   Jesse Burnett MD 12 31-07-1975   Stockton, California, United States Lost California Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 26-2   Gary Summerhays UD 10 03-07-1975   Gardnerville, Nevada, United States
Win 25-2   Mike Quarry UD 10 14-05-1975   Stockton, California, United States
Win 24-2   Lee Mitchell KO 6 (10) 08-04-1975   Sacramento, California, United States
Win 23-2   Terry Lee TKO 9 (12) 04-03-1975   Sacramento, California, United States Retained California Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 22-2   Hildo Silva UD 10 13-11-1974   Stockton, California, United States
Win 21-2   Bobby Rascon KO 6 (10) 11-10-1974   Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 20-2   Joe Cokes MD 12 07-07-1974   Gardnerville, Nevada, United States
Win 19-2   Hildo Silva UD 12 10-05-1974   Stockton, California, United States Won California Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 18-2   Willie Warren UD 10 06-03-1974   Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 17-2   Andy Kendall RTD 4 (10) 14-02-1974   Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 16-2   Al Bolden UD 10 06-12-1973   Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 15-2   Alfonso Gonzalez KO 2 (10) 01-11-1973   Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 14-2   Charlie Brooks KO 5 (10) 20-09-1973   Stockton, California, United States
Win 13-2   Herman Hampton KO 4 (10) 22-08-1973   Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 12-2   Ron Wilson TKO 6 (10) 03-08-1973   Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 11-2   Dave Rogers TKO 5 (10) 06-07-1973   Gardnerville, Nevada, United States
Win 10-2   Ron Wilson UD 10 09-06-1973   Santa Rosa, California, United States
Win 9-2   Hildo Silva UD 10 21-04-1973   Santa Rosa, California, United States
Loss 8-2   Al Bolden UD 10 15-03-1973   Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 8-1   Polo Ramirez KO 7 (8) 08-02-1973   Stockton, California, United States
Win 7-1   Van Sahib KO 1 (10) 11-12-1972   Eugene, Oregon, United States
Win 6-1   Herman Hampton KO 7 (8) 29-11-1972   Stockton, California, United States
Win 5-1   Mark Hearn TKO 2 (6) 06-11-1972   Eugene, Oregon, United States
Win 4-1   Henry Tavake UD 6 24-10-1972   San Carlos, California, United States
Loss 3-1   Jesse Burnett SD 8 01-07-1972   Stockton, California, United States
Win 3-0   Cisco Solorio TKO 6 (8) 16-06-1972   Stockton, California, United States
Win 2-0   Herman Hampton KO 2 (8) 02-06-1972   Carson City, Nevada, United States
Win 1-0   Herman Hampton UD 6 24-04-1972   Stockton, California, United States Professional Debut.

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