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.
Tris Dixon lists the best 25 boxers from the past quarter of a century