Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo “Finito” Lopez

Ricardo “Finito” Lopez Nava was born in 1966 in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He is a retired and undefeated Mexican professional boxer.

He defended the Lineal and WBC Strawweight Championship a record of 21 times. He also won the WBA and WBO Championships in the same weight class. He later won and defended the IBF Light Flyweight Championship before retiring. As an amateur, he won four consecutive Guantes de Oro de México Championships from 1981 to 1984. He immediately turned pro without ever having lost an amateur fight.

He made his professional debut at age 20, knocking out Rogelio Hernandez in the third round. His record soared to 26-0 before even receiving a shot at a world title.

On October 1990 he defeated WBC Minimum weight Champion Hideyuki Ohashi of Japan with a fourth round knockout to obtain his first world title.  In his 20th title defense he unified his WBC title by defeating WBO Minimumweight Champion, Alex Sanchez. He fought Rosendo Alvarez for the WBA Minimum weight Champion. He defeated Alvarez in a rematch claiming his third title. He vacated his titles to move up in weight.

In his first match of the IBF Light Flyweight Championship he defeated Will Grigsby of the United States. In 2001 he knocked out Zolani Petelo who had recently vacated his IBF Minimumweight title. It was the only title he had not claimed before he moved up to light flyweight. He announced his retirement during a press conference on November 2002 in Mexico City.

Lopez is the third champion in history to retire undefeated and the first to do so as an amateur and professional fighter. He holds an astounding record of 51 wins (38 knockouts), 0 losses and 1 draw. Finito also shares the record for consecutive title bouts without a loss.

López was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007. He was voted as the Greatest Strawweight and Light Flyweight Champion Ever by the Houston Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014. López now works as a boxing broadcaster for the Mexican Televisa network.

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