Rest in Peace Hector Lopez
Rest in Peace Hector Lopez, the World Boxing Council, deeply regrets the death of our beloved friend, Hector Lopez, and joins his family grief, wishing them soon resignation.
Hector Lopez won a silver Olympic medal in Los Angeles ‘84; he also fought for the WBC lightweight title against Miguel Angel Gonzalez in April 26, 1993.
The most outstanding and emotional memory of his career was when he conquered the Olympic silver medal in the 119 pounds division. We have the article of that achievement from the book of the Olympic Mexican Medalists, by Conade and El Universal newspaper.
"In the blue corner, the winner by decision of 4-1 the Italian Mauricio Stecca”… it was listen.
And it can still being heard when the referee Sukar raised the arm of the winner.
In his corner, Lopez was crying with his head over Emeterio Villanueva’s shoulder.
Several boxing personalities such as Jose Sulaiman, Muhammad Ali and Marvin Hagler, tried to comfort him.
“From that day on I still believe that the result was wrong. It hurt me above all things, the fact of not have been capable of winning the gold medal for Mexico”.
And suddenly, the moment...Hector: “I went to the podium. The people was cheering me like I if I were the Olympic champion, I was confused when I saw the flag, with the same colors as the Italian, but with our great eagle in the middle which is the symbol of our people, and I was shocked. I’ve learned to love my flag outside my country”
It was majestic, and I started to cry, I never have felt that way in my life. Then I saw my silver medal, and suddenly I didn’t mind its color. How beautiful our flag was weaving in the high! That what truly mattered.
May our champion rest in peace Hector Lopez (197-2011).
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