Abraham Lopez back in action Friday night at The Belasco
By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña
November 30, 2016
LOS ANGELES - Golden Boy's highly popular LA Fight Club series looks to end the year with a bang on Friday, December 2, when the undefeated NABA featherweight champion Abraham “El Chamaco” Lopez (21-0-1, 15 KO's) will defend his title against Sergio “Cuatito” Lopez (20-12-1, 13 KO's) in the 10-round main event.
Lopez will be returning to the ring for the first time since beating Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez for the vacant NABA Featherweight Title. That fight, as many remember, was the co-main event for the Francisco Vargas and Orlando Salido bout back in June at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The 29-year-old Lopez is a Southern California native from La Puente and is a very technical boxer who uses sharp counter punching and slick combinations to setup his heavy right hand. Lopez will be defending his title for the first time Friday night and with a victory, looks for a big fight in 2017.
In the co-main event of the night, undefeated Colombian prospect and local fan favorite Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete )14-0, 5 KO's) will take on the tough Mexican veteran, Raul Hidalgo (26-14, 19 KO's) of Nuevas Casas Grandes, Mexico in an eight round bantamweight bout. Negrete, who last fought in July, has fought his last six fights at the Belasco and never seems to disappoint fans in attendance. In his last bout against Jose Bustos, “El Jaguar” demonstrated his endurance, clean punching skills, and slick moves, as he put together several combinations and power shots en route to his victory. For Negrete this will be his first bout under his new trainer, Manny Robles. I recently spoke to Negrete about training at The Rock Gym in Carson, California with Robles and he had the following to say:
Negrete hopes with a victory he'll either be fighting for some type of title in 2017 or fighting in a title eliminator at the beginning of the year, and for world title at the end of next year.
Opening up the television portion of night will be LA’s own Edgar Valerio (8-0, 4 KO's) who will clash in a six-round featherweight scrap against Weslaco, Texas’ Guadalupe De Leon (9-14, 5 KO's).
Part of the stellar card that can be streamed live on Ring TV will be Miami’s prospect, Niko “Baby Face” Valdez (2-0, 2 KO's). Valdez, who recently signed with Golden Boy Promotions and trains at the World Famous 5th Street Gym, will be fighting against Gainesville, Florida’s Will Williams (0-2) in a four-round super middleweight affair.
Also in a four round super-featherweight clash, the always-dynamic Jousce Gonzalez (2-0, 2 KO's) of Glendora, California will battle against El Paso, Texas’ Jordan Alvarado (0-1).
LA’s Angel Bojado (1-0) will return to the Belasco Theater after an impressive unanimous decision victory in his professional debut. Bojado will enter the ring for a four-round super welterweight fight against local Los Angeles fighter, Abraham Calderon (1-3).
And opening up the night, two undefeated cruiserweights will square off as Philadelphia’s Todd Unthank-May (9-0, 3 KO's) will battle Daniel Najera, 5-0, 1 KO of Nuevo Leon, Mexico in a six-round bout.