Ricardo Lopez vs. Rosendo Alvarez (1st meeting)

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1998-03-07 : Rosendo Alvarez 104¾ lbs drew with Ricardo Lopez 104¾ lbs by TD in round 8 of 12


  • Lopez relinquished his WBO title before the weigh-in ceremony at the Hotel del Prado in Mexico City.
  • WBO supervisor Ricardo Rizo presents an official complaint and discusses in a very strong way with WBC President Jose Sulaiman, who is believed to force Lòpez go up to the ring with the WBC belt only.
  • Lopez was knocked down for the first time in his career in the second round.
  • The fight was stopped due to a large gash over Lopez's right eye caused by an accidental headbutt.
  • Even though accidental, WBC rules dictated that Alvarez be penalized one point because of the cut.
  • This was considered at the time as Lopez's toughest bout in his then eight-year title reign.