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February 22, 2012 | Steve Lopez
My dad never called a tow truck. That would have cost too much. It didn't matter where he broke down in his second-hand jalopies. Tony Lopez was a Depression-era guy who watched his wallet and dropped daily pocket change into a cigar box to pay for annual family vacations in Santa Cruz or Tahoe. When his car conked out, my dad called my Uncle Mike, who was cut from the same cloth. Mike would drive for miles and use a chain to tow my dad to safety, and they'd check junkyards for used parts and make the needed repairs themselves.
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February 22, 2012 | Steve Lopez
My dad never called a tow truck. That would have cost too much. It didn't matter where he broke down in his second-hand jalopies. Tony Lopez was a Depression-era guy who watched his wallet and dropped daily pocket change into a cigar box to pay for annual family vacations in Santa Cruz or Tahoe. When his car conked out, my dad called my Uncle Mike, who was cut from the same cloth. Mike would drive for miles and use a chain to tow my dad to safety, and they'd check junkyards for used parts and make the needed repairs themselves.
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December 11, 1994 | From Associated Press
Julio Cesar Chavez methodically pounded challenger Tony Lopez to retain his World Boxing Council super-lightweight championship Saturday night at Monterrey, Mexico, when the referee stopped the fight in the 10th round. Dr. Romeo Garcia Benavides halted the fight at 1:41 of the round because the challenger from Sacramento was bleeding over both eyes. It was Chavez's 93rd victory against only one loss and one draw.
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June 19, 1989
Tony Lopez knocked down Tyrone Jackson three times in the eighth round at Stateline, Nev., to retain his International Boxing Federation junior lightweight title. Referee Carlos Padilla stopped the fight with 14 seconds left in the round after Lopez (33-1, 23 knockouts) dropped Jackson (30-2) with a body shot following a flurry of unanswered punches. Lopez, who was ahead on all cards, rocked Jackson at the final bell in the seventh round, then had the challenger in almost immediate trouble in the eighth.
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July 24, 1988
Tony Lopez used a powerful left uppercut to rally from an eighth-round knockdown and win a unanimous 12-round decision over International Boxing Federation junior lightweight champion Rocky Lockridge at Sacramento. Lopez, 129 3/4 pounds, of Sacramento, won the last four rounds to improve his record to 30-1. Lockridge, 128, of Mt. Laurel, N.J., fell to 43-6. Lopez staggered Lockridge at the beginning of the 11th round with several combinations, opening a deep gash in Lockridge's right cheek.
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August 5, 1986 | Ray Perez \f7
A 21-year-old man was hit twice by shots fired from a passing car in a possible gang-related shooting, a police spokeswoman said Monday. Police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said that Tony Lopez was standing with several friends in front of a residence in the 300 block of North Jackson Street at 11:18 p.m. Sunday when several shots were fired from a passing dark blue or black 1965 or 1966 Chevrolet. Lopez was hit in the leg and hand and taken to Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center.
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July 13, 1991 | From Associated Press
Tony Lopez overcame a deep cut over his left eye to stop challenger Lupe Gutierrez in the sixth round Friday night and retain his International Boxing Federation junior-lightweight title. The fighters traded blows toe to toe almost from the outset, and the relentless punching often led to streams of blood on both men. Lopez opened a cut on Gutierrez in the second round, but Gutierrez answered in the third against Lopez. "I saw the blood drip," Lopez said. "I said, 'Here we go again.'
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December 11, 1994 | From Associated Press
Julio Cesar Chavez methodically pounded challenger Tony Lopez to retain his World Boxing Council super-lightweight championship Saturday night at Monterrey, Mexico, when the referee stopped the fight in the 10th round. Dr. Romeo Garcia Benavides halted the fight at 1:41 of the round because the challenger from Sacramento was bleeding over both eyes. It was Chavez's 93rd victory against only one loss and one draw.
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October 25, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Tony (the Tiger) Lopez stopped undefeated Joey Gamache 40 seconds into the 11th round Saturday at Portland, Me., to win the World Boxing Assn. lightweight title that Gamache held only four months. Lopez, trailing on points, slowed Gamache, 26, in the 10th round before unleashing a series of overhand combinations that sent Gamache onto the ropes and down for the first time in his career.
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September 14, 1991 | JIM JENKINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a bizarre, or perhaps apropos sequence of events, Tony Lopez had two chances to lose his International Boxing Federation junior lightweight title: at the weigh-in and in the ring. He escaped the first but couldn't the second, losing his 130-pound championship by a unanimous decision to South African Brian Mitchell. On the undercard, former World Boxing Assn. welterweight champion Mark Breland was knocked out in the sixth round by Mexican veteran Jorge Vaca and announced his retirement.
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July 13, 1991 | From Associated Press
Tony Lopez overcame a deep cut over his left eye to stop challenger Lupe Gutierrez in the sixth round Friday night and retain his International Boxing Federation junior-lightweight title. The fighters traded blows toe to toe almost from the outset, and the relentless punching often led to streams of blood on both men. Lopez opened a cut on Gutierrez in the second round, but Gutierrez answered in the third against Lopez. "I saw the blood drip," Lopez said. "I said, 'Here we go again.'
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March 16, 1991 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tony Lopez of Sacramento and Brian Mitchell of South Africa fought 12 exciting rounds, each trying to unify the junior-lightweight boxing championship Friday night at Arco Arena. When it was over, they had achieved nothing. The judges called it a draw. Lopez won the early rounds, but Mitchell was clearly stronger at the finish, winning the last four rounds on The Times card, which also had it even.
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March 15, 1991 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Boxing's road warrior and a guy who rarely strays from home will meet in a rare unification championship fight tonight at Arco Arena. South African Brian Mitchell, the World Boxing Assn. junior-lightweight champion, fights Tony Lopez of Sacramento, the International Boxing Federation titleholder. Mitchell will earn $100,000 tonight, plus another $125,000 in marketing windfalls in South Africa--if he wins. Lopez will make $215,000. But for both, the stakes are considerably higher.
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September 23, 1990 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On an afternoon when the cash register didn't stop dinging until it hit a California boxing record $601,000, workmanlike Tony Lopez successfully turned back a challenge to his junior-lightweight championship by Mexico's Jorge Paez. Lopez, who won a unanimous decision Saturday before 15,008 at Arco Arena, didn't attract the biggest crowd to see a California fight, but the gate broke the record of $476,000 Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton have held since their second fight in 1973, at the Forum.
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September 22, 1990 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In America today, you can still be a hometown sports hero. You don't have to go to New York, Las Vegas or Beverly Hills to be perfumed, packaged and presented by some public relations firm. A good example is Tony Lopez, a Mexican-American kid from Sacramento.
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March 16, 1991 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tony Lopez of Sacramento and Brian Mitchell of South Africa fought 12 exciting rounds, each trying to unify the junior-lightweight boxing championship Friday night at Arco Arena. When it was over, they had achieved nothing. The judges called it a draw. Lopez won the early rounds, but Mitchell was clearly stronger at the finish, winning the last four rounds on The Times card, which also had it even.
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September 22, 1990 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In America today, you can still be a hometown sports hero. You don't have to go to New York, Las Vegas or Beverly Hills to be perfumed, packaged and presented by some public relations firm. A good example is Tony Lopez, a Mexican-American kid from Sacramento.
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