History | Jul 23 2014

On This Day: Tony Lopez dethrones Rocky Lockridge in a thriller

Matt Christie looks back on July 23 1988 when Tony Lopez edged Lockridge in a war

ROCKY LOCKRIDGE, from Tacoma, Washington, was making the third defence of his IBF super-featherweight title that he had claimed from Aussie Barry Michael in 1988. His challenger on July 23 1988, Tony “The Tiger” Lopez, would enjoy home advantage at the Arco Arena, in Sacramento, California.

ALMOST 11,000 turned up to roar on their greased-up hero who wore tiger skin shorts to match his nickname, and gelled his hair to match Danny Zuko.

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