Ricardo Lopez (L), WBC 105 lb. champion from Mexico, presses an attack on Rosendo Alvarez, WBA champion from Nicaragua, at the the Las Vegas Hilton November 13. Lopez won the 12-round fight by split decision. The fight was a rematch to a March 7, 1998 fight in Mexico that ended in a draw.

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6 Ricardo Lopez

THE Mexican great suffered from two things: being too small and being too good. He retired with a record of 51 wins and a draw with no losses, fighting from 1988-2001, battering all-comers from the US, South America and the Orient. Hugely gifted, massively underrated, he could do it all and for a little guy he had big power, knocking out 38 of his victims. He defeated the likes of Surachai Saengmorakot, Andy Tabenas, Mongkol Charoen and Alex Sanchez but was dropped in a technical draw with Rosendo Alvarez. Lopez won the rematch on a split decision, and retired three fights and three years later in 2001.