Alfonso Lopez vs Guty Espadas

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Alfonso Lopez vs Guty Espadas
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Date: 
Saturday, October 2, 1976
Location: 
Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
15
Contracted Weight: 
112
Titles at Stake: 
WBA Flyweight World Title
Referee: 
Rudy Jordan

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"Alfonso Lopez, 109, built up a lead with a sharp punching attack, but in the 12th round, a single right hand from Guty Espadas, 109 1/2 put Lopez down with 19 seconds left in the round. He got up but went down from a left-right combo and the bell sounded before the end of the mandatory 8 count. Espadas came out for the kill in the 13th. Although his own right eye was swollen nearly shut from the sharp punches of the Panamanian, Espadas bloodied Lopez' nose and a left put the champ down again. This time Lopez took the count on one knee. When he went down seconds later, he took the count on both knees, but again he was up. The fifth knockdown of the fight appeared as much from exhaustion as from the Espadas punches and referee Rudy Jordan called a halt at 2:28 of the 13th round at the Sports Arena." -Associated Press

Lopez was guaranteed $60,000 plus Panamanian radio and TV rights. Espadas was guaranteed $6,400 but opted to be paid in pesos. As a result he ended up with only $4,000 due to the peso devaluation.

The undercard pitted Bazooka Limon against Teru Noji and Lupe Pintor against Jose Antonio Rosa. Both scheduled for 10 rounds.

Attendance - 7,121
Gate - $72,512




Fan Cards: Alfonso Lopez vs Guty Espadas


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Round
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10
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12
Total
ALFONSO LOPEZ
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
7
115
GUTY ESPADAS
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
112


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Alfoso Lopez was a fine boxer with slick footwork. Unfortunately as he was a flyweight with a very brief title reign, never fought in the US (to my knowledge), and very limited footage exists of him online (he lost in all his fight films available online), he is forgotten by boxing fans today. Apparently his two fights with Guty Espadas took a toll on him, for he was undefeated before this match and after their rematch (where Lopez was knocked out again) he started to win as many matches as he lost; his final career record was an unremarkable-looking 39-18-2. Interestingly he defeated his slightly more famous countryman Hilario Zapata when Zapata was a newbie with only 6 fights under his belt.

I hope other users will feel motivated to check out this fight and score. The reversal of fortune in the late rounds was really dramatic, you rarely see that in today's 12-round championship fights.