Pedro Lovell

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Pedro Lovell
Nickname(s) KO King
The LA Bomber
One Punch
Spider Rico
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Nationality Argentine
Born (1945-06-09) June 9, 1945 (age 72)
Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 23
Wins 18
Wins by KO 14
Losses 3
Draws 2
No contests 0

Pedro Lovell (born June 8, 1945) is a retired Argentine heavyweight boxer, a knockout artist with a promising career in the 1970s.

Life and career[edit]

Lovell came from a family of fighters. Pedro also has two brothers, the oldest being Alberto Jr., the other being Domingo Ismael Lovell.

Lovell was a citizen of Argentina who decided to make his professional career in the United States. He traveled to California, where, after only a few fights, he became a big drawing card.

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 defeat 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 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".[1]

Some 30 years after the first Rocky film, Lovell reprised his role as Spider Rico for the film Rocky Balboa in 2006.



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Rocky Spider Rico
1980 Rocky II Spider Rico Flashback
2006 Rocky Balboa Spider Rico


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