||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (May 2014)|
The LA Bomber
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
June 9, 1945 |
Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Wins by KO||14|
Lovell was born in Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina. His father, Santiago Alberto Lovell, who was brother of Guillermo Lovell, came from an Afro-Argentine, Irish Argentine family, and his mother came from an Italian Argentine family. Lovell came from a family of fighters. Pedro also has two brothers, the oldest being Alberto Jr., the other being Domingo Ismael Lovell.
While his brother, Alberto, Jr., was fighting in Argentina and knocking out the likes of Jose Manuel Ibar Urtain, Pedro racked up a string of nine straight knockouts. However, Pedro's career was hampered by physical injuries and prostate problems.
In 1973, Lovell was stunningly upset by Texan knockout king Terry Krueger. Lovell had been winning the fight. He bloodied Krueger's nose and seemed headed for an easy stoppage. However, Krueger let go with a wild left hook, and Pedro Lovell's undefeated streak ended. He was unconscious for more than three minutes.
A few months later the pair were rematched, and Lovell broke Krueger's jaw on the way to scoring three knockdowns and a first round victory. Lovell went on to destroy former heavyweight contender Billy Daniels in one round.
Lovell was on the road to a title fight. He played the part of Spider Rico in the 1976 movie Rocky. He appeared in the The Ring Magazine and on television. He took his impressive record of knockouts into a nationally televised fight with Ken Norton. However, Norton was in his prime and systematically took apart Lovell, knocking him out in 5 rounds. A short time later, Lovell drew a fight against unbeaten Leroy Jones and two fights later lost a unanimous decision to future world champion Mike Weaver and announced his retirement.
Lovell was at times referred to as "KO King", "The LA Bomber", "The Jawbreaker", and "One Punch".