With a career lasting 24 years, southpaw Ernie Lopez started off his career at age 17 on June 1963, last fighting in 12 and building a record of 48-13-1. Lopez in his 62 fights. Between June 1963 and August 1966, Lopez had his longest winning streak of 10 fights. In his 62 fights, his longest KO streak is 4 fights long.
A calm Lopez made the statement he was hoping for in a 4 round fight against John Coopride. Claiming the only stoppage defeat of Coopride's career in round 2 of the fight via KO. Lopez continued his mostly successful career with numerous fights following his debut against boxers including Johnny Brooks, Tito Marshall and Jose Stable. Fights included fighting once in 1963, 11 times in 1964 and 19 times through 1965, 1966 and 1967.
Unfortunately, the first defeat of Lopez's career came against Jesse Armenta on July 4th, 1964 in Lopez's 9th professional fight. Lopez was beaten by Jesse Armenta in the 9th round. The win came via KO in the 9th round. Lopez's win streak of 8 rose to 27 following 19 wins against boxers such as Johnny Brooks, Jose Stable, Tito Marshall and 16 others.
Lopez entered his next fight with a mostly successful record of 27-4-1 and took this to 28 wins with a win against Musashi Nakano on August 8th, 1967 via KO. Nakano proved to be no match for Lopez, and Lopez became the first person to stop Nakano via KO during round 3. Lopez continued his success in the next 5 fights taking his record to 32 wins, 5 losses and 1 draws.
Hedgemon Lewis was the next fight for Lopez on July 18th, 1968 and also his next career win. Lewis was a worthy challenger but Lopez was too much and became the first person to stop Lewis via TKO during round 9. Lopez then went on to win a further 6 fights taking his record to 38 wins, 6 losses and 1 draw.
Lopez lost to Jose Napoles in his next fight. Taking place on February 14th, 1970, Lopez's career record after this fight stood at 38-7-1. Lopez was beaten by Jose Napoles in the 15th round. Lopez had only ever been stopped 2 times previously in his career. Lopez continued his success in the next 14 fights taking his record to 48 wins, 11 losses and 1 draws.
On October 29th, 1974, Lopez took on and was defeated by John h. Stracey meaning his career tally went to 48-12-1. Lopez fought John h. Stracey and was defeated via TKO in the 10 round bout. This was Lopez's 5th stoppage defeat in his career which came in the 7th round.
Lopez's next defeat of his career came against Kenny Louis on July 7th, 1987. This proved to be one fight too many for Lopez's career, Louis was the victor becoming only the 6th person to stop Lopez. KO in the 1st. Lopez decided to call it a day after this fight.