"The Tiger" Lopez (born February 24, 1963) is a former professional
boxer from Sacramento, California. He was a 3 Time World Boxing Champion.
He is remembered for his victory in the 1988 The Ring Fight Of The
Year by decision over Rocky Lockridge. He fought against Julio Cesar
Chavez in 1994 in Monterrey. He lost by TKO. He also fought the pound
for pound best brawler ever Tommy Cordova. Tony Lopez is now retired
from boxing and runs a bail bond agency in Sacramento.
- Stance: Orthodox
- Height: 5 ft 7 in
- Reach: 72 in
Record: Won 50 (KOs 34) Lost 8 Drawn 1
- IBF Super
Featherweight Champion July 23, 1988 - October 7, 1989.
- IBF Super
Featherweight Champion May 20, 1990 - September 13, 1991.
- WBA Lightweight
Champion October 24, 1992 - June 26, 1993.
- NABO Light Welterweight
Champion September 26, 1998 - February 20, 1999.
- The Ring Fight Of
The Year 1988 (W12 Rocky Lockridge)
- The Ring Magazine Comeback Of
The Year 1990
During his 16 year career, Lopez faced the gauntlet
at 130-135 pounds, squaring off with the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez
Sr., Joey Gamache, John John Molina, Jorge Paez, Brian Mitchell, Greg
Haugen and Freddie Pendleton.
Lopez retired in 1999 with a record
of 50-8-1 (34 knockouts) and a record of 9-4-1 in world title fights.
Of Lopez's 59 pro bouts, none is more memorable than his first bout
with Rocky Lockridge. Fought in front of a hometown crowd in Sacramento,
Lopez administered the boxing lesson of his life for the first seven
rounds. Then, as a Lockridge right slammed into the side of his face
sending him crashing to the canvas, it became a fight for survival
Lopez went on to survive and win his first world title.
The bout was named The Ring magazine's Fight of the Year for 1988.
had a really good, interesting career. I'm not mad at it, I had a
lot of fun," said Lopez. "What am I going to complain about?"
Lopez owns and operates Tony The Tiger Bail Bonds, "serving the Northern
California community for over ten years with world class service,"
per his company's website.
Instead of stalking opponents in the
ring, he's bailing arrested individuals out of jail, and, if they
skip bail, stalking those individuals as a bounty hunter.
you ever get in trouble anywhere in the nation, give me a call, I'll
come bail you out," Lopez tells this writer, half-jokingly. "Just
don't go to a 'no-bail' state like Maine or Oregon, because then you're
Best Overall: "Rocky Lockridge - It took every bit
out of me. It took me 30 days to recoup from the first fight. The
second one (won by Lopez in 1989) wasn't easy, but it was a lot less
intense. Physically, that was probably the toughest fight I had in
Best Boxer: "John John Molina - He made me think too
much. Boxing is a sport where you have to be on your A game. It ain't
a Neanderthal fight where two guys go and slug it out, there's a lot
that goes into it. When I got the fight with Molina, Molina made me
think, he was methodical about what he did. He was fast, he was crisp,
he moved side to side, you didn't know which hand he was coming from.
He always kept your mind busy, which gave me problems obviously."