Tuesday, May 17, 2016

FERMIN CHIRINO

 

   Venezuela's Fermin Chirino made his professional debut on June 4, 1981 with a 4 round draw against Pedro Zapata.  He then ran off 4 straight wins against lower level local opposition, but he was building his record and was unbeaten at 4-0-1 after 5 bouts.

   He faced fellow unbeaten Venezuelan Armando Rodriguez (4-0, 4 ko) and lost a decision in his first real "test".  But he "passed" that test with a solid performance and began to earn respect from locals.

   He scored a 3rd round stoppage over Edgar Rodriguez, and then got a shot at the Venezuelan Middleweight Title against Basante Blanco (7-1, 5 ko).  Chirino was stopped in round 8.

   3 fights later... he returned the favor and stopped Blanco in round 5 to win the Venezuela Middleweight Championship and really began to get noticed as a solid pro boxer.  After winning the Venezuelan Title, he fought once more in his home country scoring a 2nd round knockout.  He would never again fight for a title, but would go on to face some world class boxers.  He would also fight just once more in his home country of Venezuela.

   1988 started out with a call to fight in England against an up and coming prospect named Nigel "The Dark Destroyer" Benn (12-0, 12 ko).  Chirino was stopped in the 2nd round, and probably had no idea (well, maybe some idea) that he had just faced a man who would become a legendary World Champion.

   Chirino was improving as he stepped up in class, and now made his United States Debut.  It was Dec. 13, 1988 and he made a grand entrance to the U.S. Boxing fans with a 3rd round TKO over undefeated and favored Pedro Rivera (11-0-1, 5 ko).

   He stepped up again as he faced former USBA Middleweight Champion Lindell Holmes (39-5, 35 ko's).  Chirino performed well, but lost a unanimous 10 round decision to Holmes.  Both men gained from the experience.  Chirino showed well against a world class opponent, and Lindell Holmes defeated Frank Tate for the IBF World Title in his next fight!

   Two fights later, Fermin displayed his talents with a great performance against world ranked former IBF Jr. Middleweight Champion Matthew Hilton.  The Judges saw it differently as one Judge had Chirino winning clearly 98-92, one Judge saw is close for Hilton 96-94, and the deciding Judge had it even at 95-95 for  a 3 way split draw.  Even though Chirino didn't get the win, it was a huge performance for the Venezuelan middleweight.

   Chirino would go on to face the best including:  Steve Collins, Tony Thornton, Mike Mccallum, Derrick Rolon, Charles Brewer, and Sven Ottke to name a few.

   Fermin Chirino ended his nearly 20 year pro boxing career with a final record of 13 wins, 25 losses, 2 draws, winnin 9 of the 13 by knockout.  He never fought for a World Title, but proudly held the Venezuelan National Title, and tested some of the best boxers in the world.

Click here to see: Fermin Chirino's entire pro ledger on boxrec.com

If you would like to see Fermin Chirino in action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. NIGEL BENN                     [ko-by-2]
2. MATTHEW HILTON          [Draw-10]
3. STEVE COLLINS               [tko-by-6]
4. KEITH PROVIDENCE        [tko-2]
5. TONY THORNTON           [L-10]
6. MIKE MCCALLUM           [L-10]
7. ROYJONES JR.                  [L-10]

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Monday, May 9, 2016

RICK ORTEGA

 

   Albuquerque New Mexico's Rick Ortega started as a kickboxer and after a limited amateur boxing career, he made the jump to the Pro ranks.  It was Sept. 3, 1992 when he made his Pro Debut against Raul Montes and opened with a "bang" knocking out his opponent at 1:37 of the opening round.

   He lost his second pro bout in front of his home crowd as he was stopped by Tucson's Pey Castillo in round 2.

   5 Months later, he found his self in a big local showdown against fellow Albuquerque favorite Joe Chavez.  Ortega was 1-1, and Chavez was 0-0-1 after opening with a draw against New Mexico's Chris Crespin.  The bout was scheduled for 4 rounds, and it went 2 action packed rounds with Ortega catching Chavez with a bomb, leaving him stunned on his feet as the Referee called a halt to the bout in front of a roaring Albuquerque crowd.



   In his next bout Ortega heard the sound of the final bell for the first time as he won a unanimous decision over Mexico's Miguel Torres.  2 weeks later, he took on Tucson Arizona's hard punching Ruben Granillo, It was short notice, but they took the chance to fight in front of a big crowd on the undercard of Danny Romero's Albuquerque Debut.  Ortega did not make it out of round 3.  Granillo left Albuquerque still unbeaten.

   It was a year and a half before Ortega would return to the ring, but he returned in grand fashion as he scored 3 straight wins over fellow New Mexicans - Jerome "Mike" Johnson, Chris Crespin, and Richard Fowler.

   Sept. 29, 1995 Ortega had a record of 6-2 and found his self in an ESPN2 televised bout against 1995 United States Amateur Champion - Arturo Ramos who was fighting his 2nd bout as a professional.  The bout was held at Buffalo Bill's Resort Casino in Stateline Nevada.  It was the experienced and powerful Ramos' night as he stopped Ortega in the final round.

   Rick fought his last pro bout on August 17, 1996.  And what a way to end things.  On the undercard of Johnny Tapia's 7th WBO title defense against Hugo Soto in front of a huge crowd at the outdoor Albuquerque Sports Stadium.  He faced an unbeaten up and coming Albuquerque prospect named Jacob "Razor Sharp" Romero.  The bout went all 4 rounds, and it was Romero getting the win by majority decision with 2 judges scoring it for Romero, and one judge seeing it even.

Rick Ortega finished his 4 year pro boxing career with a winning record of 6 wins, 4 defeats, 2 by knockout.  His warm smile and friendly attitude made him an instant hit with local boxing fans.  His reputation in the world of kickboxing brought fans to the local boxing events to see him in action.  And his performance between the ropes made him one of Albuquerque's favorites!

Click here to see: Rick Ortega's entire pro boxing ledger on boxrec.com

If you would like to see Rick Ortega in boxing action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. RAUL MONTES                      [ko-1] (Pro Debut)
2. PEY CASTILLO                       [ko-by-2]
3. JOE CHAVEZ                           [ko-2]
4. MIGUEL TORRES                    [w-4]
5. RUBEN GRANILLO                 [tko-by-3]
6. JEROME MIKE JOHNSON     [w-4]
7. CHRIS CRESPIN                      [w-4]
8. RICHARD FOWLER                [w-6]
9. ARTURO RAMOS                    [tko-by-4]
10. JACOB ROMERO                   [L-4] (Rick Ortega's LAST Pro Bout)


Amateur Boxing:
1. Jesus Meraz

Amateur Kickboxing:
1. Joe Cupp


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Monday, May 2, 2016

ANDREW MAYNARD

Nickname: "Boxing Andrew Maynard"



   Maryland's Andrew Maynard was a U.S. Amateur great.  Winning U.S. National Championships, and the Gold Medal at the 1988 Olympic Games.  In the amateurs Maynard was known for his aggressive style and was very effective in some wild battles both at home and internationally.

   Andrew turned professional Feb. 24, 1989 with a first round tko of Zack Worthy.  He sailed through his first 8 bouts against non-threatening opposition, and then stepped it up with wins against a pair of ranked contenders, first against Mike Devito (11-3-2, 8 ko) on the undercard of Leonard/Duran #3 and then Kemper Morton (16-4-2, 10 ko).

   Maynard got his first shot at a title on April 1, 1990 for the vacant NABF Light Heavyweight championship against fellow contender Mike Sedillo (22-7, 12 ko).  It was a tough one, but Maynard got the majority decision victory on scores of 113-113 on one judge's card, and the other two had Maynard winning pretty handily 115-111 and 116-110.  Andrew Maynard was now 11-0, 9 ko and holder of the NABF Title belt.  As is usually the case, from here on Maynard's level of competition went way up.

   After a 3rd round tko victory over Art Jimmerson (14-4, 7 ko) to defend the NABF Title, Maynard's managers felt it was time to really test him, and on June 24, 1990 he faced former IBF World Champion Bobby Czyz (35-5, 24 ko).  It was Czyz stopping Maynard in the 7th round of the non-title bout.  Maynard tasted his first defeat but still had a title belt to defend and that's exactly what he did.

   He bounced back with wins over "Sir-Jab-A-Lot" Keith McMurray and Robert Curry before
One of America's greatest amateur Ligh-Heavyweights
making his 2nd successful title defense against Lenzie Morgan (10-3-1, 4 ko) via 8th round tko.  Andrew made 2 more high level NABF Title defenses against Govoner Chavers (9-0-1, 6 ko) and Ed "Mack-Attack" Mack (13-1-1, 8 ko) and scored a big win over faded but legendary former World Champion Matthew Saad Muhammad via tko at 20 seconds of round 3.

   That set up a showdown of Olympic Gold Medalists when former IBF World Middleweight champion Frank Tate (28-2, 15 ko) challenged Maynard for his NABF Light Heavyweight Championship.  It was a fascinating bout but in the 11th round Maynard was dropped, he got up, but was dropped again and Referee Frank Santarpia made the decision to stop the bout giving Tate the 11th round tko win and the NABF Title.

   The loss didn't hurt Maynard and 2 fights later he was fighting for a World Title, but he had to move up to Cruiserweight and travel to France for the shot.  He faced defending Champion Anaclet Wamba (38-2, 18 ko).  Maynard was dropped in the first round, but climbed off of the deck to try to fight his way back into the fight.  He ended up losing a unanimous decision in his only World Title attempt.  He would go on to try to regain his NABF Light Heavyweight title, and take a shot at the USBA Cruiserweight championship, but failed to pick up either of those titles.

   Maynard would face more top level boxers including:  Thomas Hearns, Kenny Keene, Torsten
May, and even undefeated IBO Heavyweight Champion Brian Nielsen in Denmark!

   Andrew fought for the final time on Oct. 10, 2000, over a decade after beginning his journey, being stopped in round 10 by Cruiserweight title contender Gary Wilcox (14-1-1).

Andrew's heart was as big as his smile and he always remains a favorite with boxing fans.  He finished his professional campaign with a final tally of: 26 wins, 13 defeats, 1 draw winning 21 by knockout.

To see Andrew Maynard's entire pro ledger on boxrec.com: CLICK HERE

If you would like to see Andrew Maynard in boxing action on DVD, I have the following bouts available:

1. ZACK WORTHY                                    [tko-1](Pro Debut)
2. ANTHONY WILLIAMS                         [tko-2]
3. STEPHEN SCHWANN                          [tko-1]
4. GREG TOWNES (Rds. 1 & 2 ONLY)    [ko-3] (*Missing Final Round!)
5. ARTHUR HALL                                      [ko-5]
6. CARLTON WILLIAMS                          [tko-5]
7. MIKE DEVITO                                        [w-8]
8. KEMPER MORTON                               [tko-3]
9. MIKE SEDILLO                                     [w-12] {Vacant NABF Light Heavy Title}
10. ART JIMMERSON                               [tko-3] {NABF Light Heavy Title}
11. BOBBY CZYZ                                      [ko-by-7]
12. ED MACK                                            [tko-10] {NABF Light Heavy Title}
13. MATTHEW SAAD MUHAMMAD      [tko-3]
14. THOMAS HEARNS                             [tko-by-1]
15. SERGEY KOBOZEV                           [tko-by-10] {USBA Cruiser Title}


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Amateur:

1. Joseph Pemberton                     [w-3]
2. Orlando Despaigne(Cuba)         [w-3]
3. Alfred Cole
4. Henryk Petrich(Poland)
5. Nourmagomed Chanavazov
6. ________ Romero                   (Quick Hilite ONLY)


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Monday, April 25, 2016

JUAN BALDWIN

Nickname: "Spanky"




   Juan "Spanky" Baldwin was a stand out amateur boxer who turned professional on August 18, 1988 in Dallas, TX and started with a 2nd round TKO of Lee Olvera.

   After 4 easy knockouts in a row to start his pro campaign, he was matched against another prospect - Les "Fabulous" Fabri (7-0-1) at the Showboat in Las Vegas, NV.  Baldwin dropped a 4 round majority decision, and wouldn't lose another bout for about 5 years.

   After a very nice stretch of 11 victories in a row, including wins over undefeated Miami prospect Jorge Romero (10-0-1, 9 ko) IN Miami, Steve Whetstone (33-17-1, 20 ko), and Ed "Pee Wee" Parker (21-8-5, 8 ko), Baldwin would taste his 2nd defeat at the hands of a man who would go on to challenge for the WBO World Welterweight Title - Manuel Gomez in shocking fashion via tko in round 1.



   He went to Albuquerque, NM to get his career back on track and scored 3 victories in a row there, including a big win over local favorite Rudy Lovato in a bout televised on Fox Sports Network.  The three victories pushed his record to 18-2, 13 ko's.  He then took a 3rd loss, this time to hard punching Mexican Jose Luis Baltazar (21-9, 20 ko's) in another close one, losing by a majority decision for the 2nd time in his career.

   The performance was good enough to earn him his first shot at a title belt.  It was April 18, 1998, nearly a decade after turning professional, that he got his shot at Columbian Alex Lubo (12-4, 10 ko) for the WBC Fecarbox Welterweight Championship.  The Champion - Lubo retained his title with a hard fought 12 round unanimous decision.

   "Spanky" Baldwin faced former NABF and IBF World Champion Rafael Ruelas in his next bout.  The fight was held at the Trump Marina in Atlantic City, and Ruelas was just too much that night as the bout was stopped after round 5.
Baldwin scores a 2nd round KO over Jose Felipe in Homestead, FL

   He followed those 3 straight losses with 3 straight wins before fighting for the final time in 2003 dropping a 10 round decision to Dewey Welliver in Corpus Christi, TX.

   Juan "Spanky" Baldwin's pro boxing career spanned nearly a decade and a half, and he ended with an
impressive final record of: 21 wins, 6 defeats, winning 15 by knockout.  He became a favorite in Texas, Florida, and New Mexico and although he never got to challenge for a world title, he proved his self as a skilled boxer.

For Juan Baldwin's complete pro ledger, click here: JUAN BALDWIN COMPLETE PRO RECORD











If you would like to see Juan Baldwin in action on DVD, I have the following bouts available:

1. JORGE ROMERO                 [w-10]
2. STEVE WHETSTONE          [tko-2]
3. LEOBARDO MANCILLAS [ko-4]
4. RUDY LOVATO                  [tko-2]
5. CHARLES MCCLELLAN   [ko-1]
6. ALEX LUBO                        [L-12] {WBC Fecarbox Welter Title}
7. RAFAEL RUELAS               [tko-by-5]
8. DUMONT WELLIVER        [L-10] (*Begin Mid Rd. 2) (*Baldwin's LAST Pro Bout)

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Amateur:

1. Steve Alvarado


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

STEVE HINDI

Nickname: "The Tiger"

   Albuquerque's Steve Hindi was one of the top amateur boxers to ever come out of New Mexico.  He's reputed to have won 9 different amateur championships in the amateur ranks.

   April 5, 1991 saw Hindi turn professional with a 4 round decision victory over fellow New Mexican Chris Crespin.  He then traveled to Las Vegas, NV to score a big win over unbeaten prospect Sammy Miller (4-0, 2 ko) via split decision at the Aladdin Hotel & Casino.

Steve Hindi scores his first knockout against Alfredo Torres on espn

   Next for Steve, he appeared on the undercard of an ESPN televised event featuring Michael Carbajal & Louie Espinoza in the main events.  Hindi scored a 2nd round tko over Mexico's Alfredo Torres.

   It was in Steve's 4th pro bout that he found himself in one of New Mexico's most anticipated showdown bouts against fellow Albuquerquean - former kickboxing champion Rudy "Bad Boy" Lovato.  It was a good fight, with Hindi taking a big early lead, but fighting through a late charge by Lovato for the unanimous decision victory.

   He continued to win and built his record to 8-0, 3 ko before facing a huge challenge traveling to Denmark for a battle against national hero, a man who would go on to win both IBO and WBO world titles - Jimmi Bredahl (15-0, 5 ko).  Hindi tasted his first defeat dropping a lopsided unanimous decision over 8 rounds.

   He returned to New Mexico and put together a string of 5 straight victories before getting his first and only shot at a pro boxing title when he challenged Mexico's Isaac Cruz (7-3, 6 ko) for his WBB Lightweight Title.  I had the honor of being one of the Judges for this contest, but no judges were needed as Cruz scored a powerful knockout at 50 seconds of round 2 to defend his title.

Autograph from Steve Hindi

   That was Steve's last professional bout.  He ended his short but successful boxing career with a record of 13 wins, 2 defeats, winning 5 by knockout.  He was one of New Mexico's most celebrated amateur boxers, and was a winner as a professional too.

Click here to see:  STEVE HINDI'S complete pro boxing record

If you'd like to see Steve Hindi in boxing action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. CHRIS CRESPIN               [w-4] {Rds. 3 & 4 of 4} {Pro Debut}
2. SAMMY MILLER              [w-4]
3. ALFREDO TORRES          [tko-2]
4. RUDY LOVATO                [w-8]
5. LEO MANCILLAS            [w-6]
6. SERGIO TOVAR #1          [tko-1]
7. SERGIO TOVAR #2          [tko-5] {Announced as "Tova Lopez"}
8. GERARDO SANCHEZ      [w-10]
9. DAVID BUSTOS               [ko-1]
10. FERNANDO RAMOS     [w-10]
11. DANIEL GONZALEZ     [ko-5]
12. JOSE "El Negro" SOTO   [w-8]
13. ISAAC CRUZ                  [ko-by-2] (Steve Hindi's LAST Pro Bout)

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AMATEUR BOUTS:

1. Arthur Henderson
2. Louis Saucedo
3. Johnny Alvarez
4. Willie Martinez
5. Jacob Vasquez
6. Tommy Cordova
7. Skipper Kelp
8. Dennis Chavez
9. Daniel Woodson
10. Henry Amano       {Final 2 Rds. Only}
11. Eric Garcia #1
12. Hector Colon
13. John Wall
14. Rudy Barrigan
15. Guillermo Gamez
16. Eric Garcia #2
17. Unknown Boxer
18. Jason Tibdae

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

DAVID SANTOS

Nickname: "Diamond"

    After an outstanding amateur boxing career, Florida's "Diamond" David Santos turned professional on Sept. 7, 1991 with a powerful first round tko over Cornell Harris.  He built a 15-0, 10 ko record before taking on Jeff Hanna to win the Florida State Jr. Lightweight Title via 2nd round tko.

   He pressed that record to 22-0, 15 ko's and got the shot against Rodrigo Cerda (15-1-1, 9 ko) for the USBA Featherweight Title.  Santos shined and took that title winning a 12 round decision.  He would successfully defend that title 2 times, the first against Patrick Simeon (19-8-2, 12 ko) and then against former WBC Continental Americas Featherweight Champion Shane Gannon (22-4, 7 ko) in Albuquerque, NM.  Santos won both defenses with first round ko's.

   Those impressive performances raised Santos' stock, and on April 5th 1997, he got a shot at the IBA Featherweight Championship against defending champion - Denver, CO's Max Gomez (16-7-1, 8 ko).  The fight was held in Albuquerque, NM and televised on Fox Sports Network the bout ended in a split decision victory on scores of 116-112 for Gomez, and 116-112 x 2 for the new IBA Champion - David Santos.  David never defended that title, he didn't lose it in the ring, but was, for whatever reason,  eventually stripped of it by the IBA.

   He fought a non-title bout against Enrique "Kiki" Valenzuela (16-11, 13 ko) winning handily, but severely injuring his hand during the bout.  It was an injury that would follow him for the rest of his career.
Santos being interviewed after Kiki Valenzuela bout in 1997


   It was over half a year before he would fight again, but he returned to the ring in Albuquerque New Mexico to challenge Lewis Wood (17-1, 6 ko) for his NABF Featherweight Title.  A close technical bout ended with Wood successfully defending his title belt via split decision handing Santos his 2nd pro defeat (the first being to Rafael Meran in 1996 also by split decision).


   "Diamond" David would run off a string of 6 wins, 5 by ko, and picking up the interim NABF Jr. Lightweight Title before getting a chance to square off against undefeated, defending interim WBA World Jr. Lightweight Champion  Joel Casamayor (19-0, 12 ko).  It was the legendary Cuban champion's night as he scored a unanimous decision win to defend his Interim World Title.



   After a 5th round stoppage of David Turner, Santos once again challenged for a USBA belt, this time the Jr. Lightweight version, but it wasn't his night as Steve Forbes (17-1, 4 ko) defended his title via unanimous decision.  Forbes would go on to become IBF Jr. Lightweight Champion of the world in his next bout.

   Santos was not finished.  He put together 4 straight wins against solid opponents and was named as one of the challengers for the now vacant USBA Jr. Lightweight title against Luis Lizarraga (31-26-3, 23 ko).  Santos won a very hard fought 12 round majority decision to claim the title.

   In his next bout David got a rematch against Steve Forbes (20-1, 5 ko) for the IBF Jr. Lightweight Title, but when Forbes failed to make weight, the IBF declared the title vacant and on the line only for Santos.  It would be not be David's night, as he was again defeated by Forbes, this time via Split Decision.


   His performance was good enough to keep him highly world ranked and earned him a shot at the vacant IBF Jr. Lightweight Title against Carlos "Famous" Hernandez (37-3-1, 23 ko).  It came down to a technical decision in round 8 as the scorecards all went to Hernandez.

   Santos ended his pro boxing career with 4 straight victories against solid opposition including former U.S. Olympian Sean Fletcher, former World Title Challenger Ivan Alvarez, and winning his final pro bout with an 8 round majority decision over former Panamanian Champion Armando Cordoba.

   David's pro boxing career spanned nearly 14 years, winning title belts along the way and gaining major respect in the ring.  He finished his career with an outstanding record of: 46 wins, only 6 defeats, and winning 29 by knockout.  Certainly one of Florida's great boxing champions.

"Diamond" David Santos' entire Pro Ledger: Click HERE

Dan Sisneros with "Diamond" David Santos


If you would like to see Florida's David Santos in ring action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. EDGAR GARCIA                                [tko-1]
2. RAFAEL MERAN-SOLER                  [L-10]
3. SHANE GANNON                              [tko-1] {USBA Feather Title}
4. MAX GOMEZ                                      [w-12] {IBA Feather Title}
5. ENRIQUE "Kiki" VALENZUELA        [w-10]
6. LEWIS WOOD                                    [L-12] {NABF Feather Title}
7. ARTURO ESTRADA                           [tko-7]
8. JOEL CASAMAYOR                           [L-12] {Interim WBA Jr. Light Title}
9. STEVE FORBES #1                           [L-12] {USBA Jr. Light Title}
10. STEVE FORBES #2                            [L-12] {IBF Jr. Light Title}
11. CARLOS "Famous" HERNANDEZ     [L-TD-8] {Vacant IBF Jr. Light Title}

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Amateur:
1. Julian "Balone" Ramirez


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Friday, April 8, 2016

ALVARO "Yaqui" LOPEZ

 
 
   Alvaro Lopez was born in Zacatecas, Mexico.  He earned the nickname "Yaqui" when his trainer was asked if he was of Native American decent at an amateur event.  The trainer was caught off guard, and answered "Yes - Yaqui Indian"... the nickname stuck even though Lopez was actually Mexican!  The man who dreamed of becoming a bullfighter began boxing in the amateur ranks and after a 13-3 amateur record he turned professional on April 24, 1972 in Stockton, California.  Lopez won his first 3 bouts but lost in his 4th pro bout against a young unbeaten fighter named Jesse Burnett who would later fight for the World Title.  Lopez and Burnett would face each other 3 more times.

   After 2 years and some great wars, Lopez built up a reputation as an action fighter who many were mentioning as a possible future world champion.  May 10 1974 saw Lopez in his first title fight as he challenged Hildo Silva (26-5-4) for his California State Light Heavyweight Title Belt.  It was said to be a war, and when the dust settled, Lopez had his hand raised and was now the California State Champion.

   As always happens when you win any title, the competition level was stepped up each time out, and Lopez managed to put together a very impressive 7 fight win streak which included victories over ranked contenders Joe Cokes (19-4-1, 11 ko's), a rematch victory over Hildo Silva, Mike Quarry (48-5-3), and Gary Summerhays (23-7-2) leading to a defense of his California Title in a rematch against the man who handed him his first defeat - Jesse Burnett.  Lopez lost a very close majority decision, and demanded a rematch and a chance to regain his title.  It was granted and took place less than 2 months later.  It was the third time to face Jesse Burnett, and it was the charm as Lopez won another tough split decision to regain his California State Championship.

   Lopez put together 4 more wins after the fights with Burnett, he rose in the world rankings and on October 9, 1976, found his self in Copenhagen, Denmark fighting John Conteh (28-1, 21 ko) for his WBC Light Heavyweight World Title.  It was a war (as all Yaqui Lopez fights were) that ended with Conteh retaining his world title by unanimous decison.  Scores were 148-146, and 149-145 x 2.

   Yaqui went right back to work putting together a 7-1 streak, with the only loss coming on a cut which stopped the fight against Lonnie Bennett (27-3, 23 ko) in Indianapolis, IN.  His performance kept him in the top 10 of both governing bodies, and he was given a second chance at the world title, this time for the WBA belt, but he had to travel to Italy and face one of the most feared fighters in the world - Victor Galindez.  It was Sept. 17, 1977 and the fans were treated to a brutal slugfest which ended in a razor close 15 round decision for the Champion Galindez on scores of 148-146, 147-146, and 146-145

   Again, Lopez was world ranked but without a world title which his fights with Conteh and Galindez proved that he was worthy of.  He would go back to California and start another campaign hoping for another shot at the title.  After impressive wins against mid level opponents, he scored a huge win over fellow world ranked contender "The Jewish Bomber" Mike Rossman (32-3-3, 19 ko) via 6 round tko.  Earning his self a 3rd shot at the Light Heavyweight World Title, and a rematch against Victor Galindez for the WBA version again in Italy.  After 15 more brutal rounds, another decision loss for the title.   Scores were 148-145, 148-146, and 146-144 for Galindez.

   In his next fight, Lopez faced Jesse Burnett for a fourth and final time.  Winning a hard fought 15 round majority decision in Alvaro's adopted home town of Stockton, CA
putting him right back in line for a title shot and in his next fight he traveled to Philadelphia, PA to face legendary Matthew Saad Muhammad (21-3-2, 14 ko)(who was known as Matt Franklin at the time) for the NABF Light Heavyweight Championship.  Lopez was stopped in round 11 of another of many incredibly brutal wars.

   Lopez went right back to business and put together another string of 6 wins and 1 loss, which included a win over Bash Ali, and the loss coming to popular James Scott (17-0-1, 10 ko) by decision in a bout held at Rahway State Prison, NJ.

   The win streak and performance against Scott earned Alvaro his final shot at the Light Heavyweight World Championship.  It was July 13, 1980 and he would face Matthew Saad Muhammad for the 2nd time, but now he was the WBC World Champion.  Lopez fought another close bruising battle, ending with Lopez being stopped in round 14 of what became the 1980 Ring Magazine fight of the year!

   Out of the frying pan and into the fire, in his next fight Lopez squared off with an up and coming contender, an undefeated former olympic gold medalist named Michael Spinks (13-0, 8 ko).  Spinks stopped Lopez in round 7 of their battle.

How much World Class competition can one man face?


   4 straight knockout wins later, Alvaro Yaqui Lopez got one more shot at the NABF Title.  July 24, 1981 vs defending champion S.T. Gordon (20-5, 18 ko) having moved up in weight, this was for the Cruiserweight championship.  Lopez started good and was ahead on all 3 scorecards when he was caught, and stopped by the hard punching champion in round 7.

   Lopez remained in the Cruiserweight division and fought on.  His last 2 pro bouts were both title bouts.  Sept. 21, 1983 saw Lopez stopped in round 4 of a contest for the WBC World Cruiserweight Championship against Carlos "Sugar" Deleon (35-3, 24 ko).  And in his final professional fight, Lopez lost in a rematch against Bash Ali (23-9) for a chance at the California State Cruiserweight Title belt.  It was a very close 12 round split decision loss on scores of 117-112 Lopez, 118-112 Ali, and the deciding judge saw it a 1 point win for Bash Ali at 115-114.

Alvaro Yaqui Lopez had a glorious career, he faced the best of an era of greatness in the Light Heavyweight division, and although he did not win the world title, he is considered a great among boxing fans, and is a member of the California Boxing Hall of Fame.  Yaqui Lopez ended his pro boxing career with a record of: 61 wins, 15 defeats, and 39 wins by knockout.

See Lopez's entire pro ledger: CLICK HERE

If you would like to see Alvaro "Yaqui" Lopez in action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:


VICTOR GALINDEZ #1                               [L-15] {WBA Light Heavy Title}
 MIKE ROSSMAN                                       [tko-6]
VICTOR GALINDEZ #2                               [L-15] {WBA Light Heavy Title}
MATTHEW SAAD MUHAMMAD #1         [tko-by-11] {NABF Light Heavy Title}
 JAMES SCOTT                                            [L-10]
MATTHEW SAAD MUHAMMAD #2         [tko-by-14] {WBC Light Heavy Title}
MICHAEL SPINKS                                      [tko-by-7]
TONY MUNDINE                                        [tko-3]
JOHNNY DAVIS                                          [L-10]
CARLOS "Sugar" DELEON                           [tko-by-4]


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