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'El Elegante' bringing savvy back in fight against Gallardo

Why brawl when you can box? Patrick "El Elegante" Lopez is swapping his swashbuckling style for his original savvy ways when he meets Juaquin Gallardo on Friday.

Originally Published: June 12, 2008
By Joe Tessitore | ESPN.com

He was born on St. Patrick's Day, but that doesn't explain his name. I doubt that there was much corned beef and cabbage being served up in Patrick Lopez's hometown of El Tinaco, Venezuela.

Still, the pot of gold may be waiting at the end of his boxing-career rainbow. Lopez just needs a fighting chance to reach for it.

"I started boxing when I was 10 years old," Lopez said. "I was playing baseball. … One day, my father came and took me out of the field and said, 'You're ...

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