Wednesday Night - February 25, 1976
The Forum - Inglewood, California
#6 Featherweight - Danny 'The Red Machine' Lopez - 28-3-0 (27 KO's)
#9 Bantamweight - Sean 'The Green Machine' O'Grady - 29-0-0 (25 KO's)
Lets be fair, the 23 1/2 year-old - Danny Lopez was as dangerous 126 lb.
Featherweight out there. He had just destroyed Ruben 'KO' Olivares just
2 1/2 months earlier in his previous bout.
Sean, on the other hand was a just turned 17 year-old kid, with an
Oklahoma City 'padded record'. And Sean had been facing a steady diet
of Bantamweights. Sean came in at a light 123 lbs. on his 5' 9" frame.
Sean fought smart in the 1st-Round, by employing a hit-and-move strategy
which worked well. Sean even nailed Danny with a hard right hand that
snapped his head back. (Round 1 for Sean O'Grady).
But Sean fought crazily in Round 2, by trying to out-slug Danny. By mid-round,
Danny was getting the better of the exchanges.
In Round 3, Danny pounded Sean with heavy body punches, driving him all over
the ring, but he could not floor the 'Kid', despite rocking him several times with
Referee - John Thomas told Papa O'Grady that one more round like that, and he
would have to stop it.
Round 4 was a repeat of Round 3, and it was a 2:50 battering. Moments before
the bell ended Round 4, Papa O'Grady threw the towell in the ring, and it landed
on top of Danny 'Little Red' Lopez head.
This bout took place just 2-months before the WBC instituted the 122 lb. Super-
Bantamweight Division, where Sean should have been competiting in.