One of the most dominant champions in ring history, Ricardo Lopez was born July 25, 1966 in Tacubaya, Mexico.
A relentless boxer-puncher, the diminutive (5'4 ½ ”) Lopez turned professional in 1985 and would never taste defeat in a 52 bout career. “Finito” captured the WBC strawweight (105 pounds) championship on October 25, 1990 when he scored a 5th round TKO over Hideyuki Ohashi. An amazing string of 21 consecutive title defenses followed. Lopez next added the WBO title to his collection in 1997, followed by the WBA title in 1998. On October 2, 1999 Lopez became a two-division world champion with a 12 round decision over Will Grigsby for the IBF light flyweight belt.
Following successful defenses over Ratanapol Sor Vorapin (2000) and Zolani Pethelo (2001), Lopez retired from the sport after reigning as a world champion for over a decade and never suffering defeat (50-0-1, 37 KOs). The formal retirement announcement came on October 25, 2002 - the 12th anniversary of his first world title. The lone blemish on his ledger, an 8th round technical draw against Rosendo Alvarez on March 7, 1998, was avenged in the rematch eight months later.
Revered the world over as a master ring stylist, Lopez was a true world champion having defended his title in South Korea, Thailand, Japan, the United States and Mexico. A hero in his native country, “Finito” still resides in Mexico.
Born: July 25, 1966