Ricardo López (boxer)
|Real name||Ricado López Nava|
|Nickname(s)||El Finito (The Refined)|
July 25, 1966 |
|Wins by KO||38|
Ricardo “El Finito” López Nava (born July 25, 1966) is a retired Mexican professional boxer. As a professional, he defended the 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 also the father of undefeated flyweight prospect Alonso López.
López would win four consecutive Guantes de Oro de México Championships from 1981 to 1984. López turned pro without having ever lost an amateur bout.
On January 18, 1985, Ricardo made his professional debut at the age of 20 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 Championship
On October 10, 1990, López defeated WBC Minimumweight Champion Hideyuki Ohashi of Japan via a fourth round knockout to win his first world title. In 1991, he defeated Korean former champion Kyung-Yun Lee (20–1–0). In 1992, he defended his title against Pretty Boy Lucas (22–2–2) of the Philippines and Rocky Lin (14–0) of Taiwan. In 1993, López defeated 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 (21–0–0) by unanimous decision. He knocked out Surachai Saengmorakot (10–0) in the first round of his next bout. In 1995, he defeated Andy Tabanas (30–2–0) 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 (20–1–0).
WBO and WBA Minimumweight Championship
In his 20th world title bout, López unified his WBC title by defeating WBO Minimumweight Champion Alex Sánchez (25–1–0) 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, Alvarez 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 Alvarez with only López eligible to claim the now vacant WBA title. López defeated Alvarez by split decision to claim his third Minimumweight title. After the fight, he vacated his titles in order to move up in weight.
IBF Light Flyweight Championship
In his first bout at light flyweight, López defeated IBF Champion Will Grigsby of the United States. He defended his title against former champion Ratanapol Sor Vorapin. On September 29, 2001, López knocked out Zolani Petelo, 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.
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 the record for consecutive title bouts without a loss (twenty-six). This streak began with his knockout of Hideyuki Ohashi to win the WBC Minimumweight title in 1990 and ended with his knockout of Zolani Potelo to defend his IBF Light Flyweight title in 2001. Ricardo only had one draw, which came against Rosendo Alvarez in 1998 in Lopez'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 boxing
Ricardo "Finito" Lopez was voted as the Greatest Strawweight and Light Flyweight Champion Ever by the Houston Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2014. The HBHOF is a voting body composed entirely of current and former fighters.
|51 Wins (38 knockouts, 13 decisions), 1 Losses, 1 Draw|
|Win||51–0–1||Zolani Petelo||KO||8(12)||September 29, 2001||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Retained IBF Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||50–0–1||Ratanapol Sor Vorapin||TKO||3(12)||December 2, 2000||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained IBF Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||49–0–1||Will Grigsby||UD||12(12)||October 2, 1999||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won IBF Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||48–0–1||Rosendo Alvarez||SD||12(12)||November 13, 1998||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won WBA Minimumweight title.
WBC Minimumweight title not on the line because Alvarez was over weight limit.
|Draw||47–0–1||Rosendo Alvarez||TD||8(12)||March 7, 1998||Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.
For WBA Minimumweight title.
|Win||47–0||Alex Sánchez||TKO||5(12)||August 23, 1997||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.
Won WBO Minimumweight title.
|Win||46–0||Mongkol Charoen||UD||12(12)||March 29, 1997||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||45–0||Myung-Sup Park||TKO||1(12)||December 7, 1996||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||44–0||Morgan Ndumo||TKO||6(12)||November 9, 1996||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||43–0||Kitichai Preecha||KO||3(12)||June 29, 1996||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||42–0||Edito “Ala” Villamor||KO||8(12)||March 16, 1996||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||41–0||Andy Tabanas||TKO||12(12)||April 1, 1995||Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||40–0||Yamil Caraballo||TKO||1(12)||December 10, 1994||Estadio de Beisbol, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||39–0||Javier Varguez||TKO||8(12)||November 12, 1994||Plaza Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||38–0||Surachai Saengmorakot||TKO||1(12)||September 17, 1994||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||37–0||Kermin Guardia||UD||12(12)||May 7, 1994||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||36–0||Manny Melchor||KO||11(12)||December 18, 1993||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||35–0||Toto Pongsawang||TKO||11(12)||September 19, 1993||Capitol City Discotheque, Bangkok, Thailand||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||34–0||Saman Sorjaturong||TKO||2(12)||July 3, 1993||Parc de Beisbol La Junta, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||33–0||Kwang-Soo Oh||TKO||9(12)||January 31, 1993||Indoor Gymnasium, Pohang City, South Korea||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||32–0||Rocky Lin||KO||2(12)||October 11, 1992||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||31–0||Singprasert Kittikasem||KO||5(12)||August 22, 1992||Auditorio de Madero, Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas, Mexico||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||30–0||Pretty Boy Lucas||UD||12(12)||March 16, 1992||Fronton Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||29–0||Kyung-Yun Lee||UD||12(12)||December 21, 1991||Seoul, South Korea||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||28–0||Kimio Hirano||TKO||8(12)||May 19, 1991||Kusanagi Gymnasium, Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan||Retained WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||27–0||Hideyuki Ohashi||TKO||5(12)||October 25, 1990||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan||Won WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||26–0||Francisco Montiel||UD||10(10)||June 29, 1990||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||25–0||Jorge Rivera||KO||8(12)||March 15, 1990||Fairmont Hotel, Dallas, Texas||Retained WBC Continental Americas Minimumweight title.|
|Win||24–0||Rey Hernandez||KO||12(12)||November 7, 1989||Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Won WBC Continental Americas Minimumweight title.|
|Win||23–0||Jose Luis Zepeda||TKO||7(10)||August 26, 1989||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||22–0||Raymundo Ricardo Mendoza||KO||5||August 4, 1989||Tulancingo, Hidalgo, Mexico|
|Win||21–0||Abel Andres||KO||2||July 8, 1989||Leon, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||20–0||Jorge Torres||KO||8)||May 30, 1989||Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico|
|Win||19–0||Javier Juarez||UD||10(10)||May 6, 1989||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||18–0||Ubaldo Gonzalez||TKO||6||January 27, 1989||Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico|
|Win||17–0||Ismael Benitez||UD||10(10)||November 12, 1988||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||16–0||Evaristo Morales||KO||5||August 27, 1988||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||15–0||Fermin Rivera||KO||3||July 30, 1988||Zacapu, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico|
|Win||14–0||Javier Alonso||UD||10(10)||August 18, 1987||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||13–0||Alex Mollado||KO||1||July 31, 1987||Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico|
|Win||12–0||Eduardo Ramirez||UD||10(10)||April 18, 1987||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||11–0||Herminio Ramirez||UD||10(10)||December 8, 1986||Tlalnepantla, México, México|
|Win||10–0||Jorge Flores||KO||2||October 6, 1986||Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico, Mexico|
|Win||9–0||Herminio Ramirez||UD||10(10)||July 28, 1986||Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico, Mexico|
|Win||8–0||Santiago Huizar||KO||2||May 1, 1986||Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico|
|Win||7–0||Reyes Mendez||KO||1||March 24, 1986||Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico, Mexico|
|Win||6–0||Narciso Panchi||KO||5||August 2, 1985||Arena Naucalpan, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||5–0||Manuel Martinez||KO||2||June 27, 1985||San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, Mexico|
|Win||4–0||Javier Dominguez||KO||3||March 8, 1985||Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico|
|Win||3–0||Sebastian Reyes||KO||2||February 18, 1985||Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico|
|Win||2–0||Antonio Arciniega||KO||2||February 6, 1985||Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico|
|Win||1–0||Rogelio Hernandez||KO||3(4)||January 18, 1985||Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico|
- List of WBC world champions
- List of WBO world champions
- List of WBA world champions
- List of IBF world champions
- "Finito" López, un ejemplo de vida... y de deportista. pids.com.mx. July 25, 2011
- "Finito" Lopez Re-born. The Boxing Truth (January 30, 2010). Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
- ¡Finito López Jr. derrotó a Cruz en Ciudad México!. Notifight.com. Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
- JORGE ARCE KO6 ROSENDO ALVAREZ. Fightwriter.com (April 10, 2006). Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
- Latino flavor for "World's Greatest Ever Boxers" promotion. Eastsideboxing.com. Retrieved on January 26, 2012.
- Rodolfo Castr, José (February 2, 2009) Finito López: no todo es salvajismo en el boxeo. notifight.com
- Ricardo Lopez. Cyber Boxing Zone. Retrieved on March 16, 2014.
- Ricardo Lopez – Boxer. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on March 16, 2014.
|WBC Minimumweight Champion
October 25, 1990–1999
|WBO Minimumweight Champion
August 23, 1997 – March 7, 1998
|WBA Minimumweight Champion
November 13, 1998–1999
|IBF Light Flyweight Champion
October 2, 1999 – November 28, 2002