LOPEZ WINS WBA BELT IN 22ND TITLE DEFENSE.
A bloodied Ricardo Lopez, WBC 105 lb. champion from Mexico, is hoisted up by his corner team after winning the WBA belt from Rosendo Alvarez of 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.