Danny Lopez

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Danny Lopez
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Real nameDanny Lopez
Nickname(s)Little Red
Rated atFeatherweight
Height5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1952-07-06) July 6, 1952 (age 61)
Fort Duchesne, Utah, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights48
Wins42
Wins by KO39
Losses6
Draws0
No contests0
 
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Danny Lopez
Statistics
Real nameDanny Lopez
Nickname(s)Little Red
Rated atFeatherweight
Height5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1952-07-06) July 6, 1952 (age 61)
Fort Duchesne, Utah, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights48
Wins42
Wins by KO39
Losses6
Draws0
No contests0
This article is about the boxer. For the Puerto Rican politician, see Danny López Soto.

Danny Lopez (born July 6, 1952) is a former American boxer from Fort Duchesne, Utah. He was world Featherweight champion, and a very popular fighter both in television and Southern California, during the 1970s. His nickname is Little Red.

Background[edit]

Lopez is of Ute Indian, Mexican, and Irish heritage. He had been moved from one foster home to another, and coming off a Ute Indian Reservation in Utah, he finally found a home in Southern California. .[1] He is also the brother of welterweight contender Ernie Lopez. He is married to Bonnie Lopez and has three sons, Bronson, Jeremy, and Dylan.

Pro career[edit]

Lopez began boxing professionally on May 27, 1971, knocking out Steve Flajole in one round at Los Angeles. He won his first 21 fights in a row by knockout, in one of the longest knockout win streaks ever. During that streak, all but one of his fights were in Los Angeles, a fact which could be credited for his popularity in the area. The only one of his fights among those 21 fights outside Los Angeles took place in Honolulu, where he beat Ushiwakamaru Harada by a knockout in three.

On January 17, 1974, Genzo Kurosaw became the first person to go the distance with Lopez, Lopez winning by a ten round decision. His next fight, a month later, in Mexicali, Mexico, was his first fight abroad. He beat Memo Rodriguez by a knockout in nine rounds there.

People in Los Angeles were eager to see Lopez and another up-and-coming Angelino, Bobby Chacon, square off inside a ring. The fight took place on May 24, and Lopez was knocked out in the ninth round in a thrilling fight. In his next fight, he won once again by a knockout in round nine, this time to Shig Furuyama.

After defeating Octavio Gómez to begin 1975, Lopez went into a roll: He began by beating Chucho Castillo by a knockout in two rounds. Two more wins, and he was faced with Rubén Olivares, whom he beat by a knockout in seven rounds, after recovering from a first round knockdown himself.

In 1976, he beat Sean O' Grady by knockout in four, Gómez by knockout in three and Art Hafey by knockout in seven. Finally ranked number one by the WBC, he travelled to Ghana to challenge world Featherweight champion David Kotei in front of an estimated crowd of more than 100,000 Kotei partisans. Lopez became world champion by outpointing Kotey over 15 rounds on November 6. This trip proved to be troublesome for the new champion, however: back in his hotel room, he tried to call his family in the United States to announce the good news, but all communication systems had been cut down in Ghana. Lopez then tried to send them a telegram through the American embassy in Accra, but they too were affected by the system failure and could not get his message through. Lopez's family was finally able to realize that Danny was a world champion when they picked him up at the airport one week later.

Lopez won three fights in 1977, retaining the title once, against José Torres by a knockout in round seven.

He and Kotei had a rematch on February 15 of 1978, as part of the undercard where Leon Spinks dethroned Muhammad Ali of the world Heavyweight title. Lopez knocked Kotey out in round six of their rematch, and then he retained the title against Jose DePaula by knockout in round six, and Juan Malvares (on the undercard where Ali regained the title from Spinks) by knockout in two. On October 21, he had a fight with Fel Clemente, against whom he retained the world title with a four round disqualification in Italy.

By the end of 1978, there was much talk of a super-fight against world Jr. Featherweight champion Wilfredo Gómez, but the bout never materialized.

His fight on March 10 of 1979 against Spain's Roberto Castanon in Salt Lake City, not only marked the first time he defended his world title in his home-state, but the first time he fought in his home-state as a professional period. He retained the crown with a ten round knockout. Then, on June 17, at San Antonio, Lopez and Mike Ayala fought what boxing book The Ring: Boxing in the 20th Century called one of the best fights of 1979. Lopez retained the title with a 15th round knockout, but the fight was marred by the finding afterwards that Ayala had been fighting under the influence of drugs. Nevertheless, this did not affect the fight's result, but left many to speculate about how the fight would have ended had Ayala not been drugged during it. Ayala himself admitted to have been, in his own words, loaded on the day of the fight.

Lopez went on to defend the title once more that year, knocking out Jose Caba in three rounds.

Lopez's reign as world champion came to an end on February 2, 1980, at the Arizona Veterans Coliseum in Phoenix. He met Salvador Sánchez that day, and he lost by knockout in round 14 in a one-sided affair. A rematch was fought on June 21, in Las Vegas, and that time around, Lopez was knocked out in the 13th round, in a replay of the first fight. He announced his retirement after that fight.

In 1985, he talked about a comeback, but decided not to do it.

His record was of 42 wins and 6 losses, with 39 wins by knockout.

On June 2010, Lopez and 12 other boxing personalities were inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.[2]

Life After Boxing[edit]

Lopez has remained active during his latest retirement in the social sphere: He has been the object of various dedications and been active on the autograph signing circuit. He returned to live in Utah full-time after stepping away from the boxing ring for the last time, then moved to Los Angeles, where he works as a construction worker. Today he lives in Chino Hills, CA.

Official professional boxing record[edit]

42 Wins (39 Knockouts), 6 Defeats (5 Knockouts), 0 Draws[3]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Loss42-6United States Jorge RodriguezKO2 (10), 0:371992-02-27United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California
Loss42-5Mexico Salvador SánchezTKO14 (15), 1:421980-06-21United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaFor The Ring & WBC World Featherweight titles
Loss42-4Mexico Salvador SánchezTKO13 (15), 0:511980-02-02United States Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, ArizonaLost The Ring & WBC World Featherweight titles
Win42-3Dominican Republic Jose CabaTKO3 (15), 1:411979-09-25United States Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CaliforniaRetained The Ring & WBC World Featherweight titles
Win41-3United States Mike AyalaKO15 (15), 1:091979-06-17United States San Antonio Convention Center, San Antonio, TexasRetained The Ring & WBC World Featherweight titles
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1979)
Win40-3Spain Roberto CastañónKO2 (15)1979-03-10United States Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UtahRetained WBC & Won vacant The Ring World Featherweight titles
Win39-3Philippines Fel ClementeDQ4 (15), 2:151978-10-21Italy Palazzo Dello Sport, Pesaro, MarcheRetained WBC World Featherweight title
Win38-3Argentina Juan MalvarezKO2 (15), 0:451978-09-15United States Superdome, New Orleans, LouisianaRetained WBC World Featherweight title
Win37-3Brazil Jose De PaulaTKO6 (15), 1:301978-04-23United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CaliforniaRetained WBC World Featherweight title
Win36-3Ghana David KoteyTKO6 (15), 1:181978-02-15United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBC World Featherweight title
Win35-3Mexico José TorresRTD7 (15)1977-09-13United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CaliforniaRetained WBC World Featherweight title
Win34-3Mexico Jorge AltamiranoKO6 (10)1977-08-28United States Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Stateline, Nevada
Win33-3United States Jose OlivaresKO2 (10), 1:221977-07-29United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego, California
Win32-3Ghana David KoteyUD151976-11-06Ghana Accra Sports Stadium, AccraWon WBC World Featherweight title
Win31-3Canada Art HafeyTKO7 (10), 0:561976-08-06United States Inglewood Forum, Inglewood, California
Win30-3Mexico Octavio GomezKO3 (10), 1:151976-04-28United States Inglewood Forum, Inglewood, California
Win29-3United States Sean O'GradyRTD4 (10)1976-02-25United States Inglewood Forum, Inglewood, California
Win28-3Mexico Rubén OlivaresKO7 (10), 1:591975-12-04United States Inglewood Forum, Inglewood, California
Win27-3Mexico Antonio NavaKO6 (10), 2:091975-09-13United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win26-3Mexico Raul CruzKO6 (10), 0:301975-07-26United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win25-3Mexico Chucho CastilloTKO2 (10), 3:001975-04-24United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss24-3Mexico Octavio GomezUD101975-01-18United States Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
Loss24-2Japan Shig FukuyamaRTD8 (10)1974-09-19United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win24-1Japan Masanao ToyoshimaKO3 (10), 2:591974-08-08United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss23-1United States Bobby ChaconTKO9 (10), 0:481974-08-08United States Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California
Win23-0Mexico Memo RodriguezTKO10 (10)1974-02-04Mexico Mexicali, Baja California
Win22-0Japan Genzo KurosawaUD101974-01-17United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win21-0Mexico Goyo VargasKO1 (10), 2:591973-09-27United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win20-0Japan Ushiwakamaru HaradaTKO3 (10)1973-07-31United States Honolulu, Hawaii

Honors[edit]

Preceded by
David Kotei
WBC Featherweight Champion
6 Nov 1976– 2 Feb 1980
Succeeded by
Salvador Sánchez

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