October 25, 1992 |
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.
September 14, 1991 |
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.
July 13, 1991 |
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.'
March 16, 1991 |
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.
March 15, 1991 |
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.
September 23, 1990 |
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.