Known for: Tony Lopez was a three-time world champion boxer who compiled a 50-8-1 record with 34 knockouts. He was the first Sacramento-born fighter to win a world title.
Background: Lopez grew up in south Sacramento as a member of a boxing family. His father, Sal Lopez Sr., fought professionally as a lightweight in Southern California in the 1950s. His brother, Sal Jr., fought as a junior welterweight in the late 1970s and early '80s. Tony Lopez boasted a 29-1 record when he took on Rocky Lockridge for the IBF junior- lightweight title in July 1988 before 7,590 fans at the old, temporary Kings arena. Lopez was knocked down in the eighth round but recovered to dominate the final rounds and win a unanimous decision. He won nine other title fights, including a rematch against Lockridge, before retiring in 1999.
A highlight: In 1990, Lopez successfully defended his junior-lightweight title against Jorge Paez before an Arco Arena crowd of 15,008 and a gate of $601,000. For 10 years, both figures were state highs for a professional boxing match. His first fight against Lockridge was Ring Magazine's 1988 fight of the year.
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