Abraham Lopez dismantles Sergio Lopez in latest LA Fight CLub

Abraham Lopez dismantles Sergio Lopez in latest LA Fight CLub

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

December 03, 2016


Abraham Lopez connects with a straight right on Sergio Lopez on Friday, December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles. Photo: Cynthia Saldaña/FrontProof Media

Abraham Lopez connects with a straight right on Sergio Lopez on Friday, December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles. Photo: Cynthia Saldaña/FrontProof Media

LOS ANGELES - Friday night inside of the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, the music blared and the drinks flowed as Golden Boy's highly popular 'LA Fight Club' series looked to end the year on a high note. An electric sold out crowd that included Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, WBC Diamond, WBA & Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares, and Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass, were all on hand to witness the undefeated NABA Featherweight champion Abraham “El Chamaco” Lopez (21-0-1, 15 KO's) defend his title against Sergio “Cuatito” Lopez (20-12-1, 13 KO's) in the ten-round main event.

For Lopez it was his first time returning to the ring since beating Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez for the vacant NABA Featherweight Title back in June. It was Lopez vs Lopez Friday night, and Abraham Lopez looked good early as he countered his opponent and used his jab to keep Sergio Lopez at bay. In the third, Abraham began to land at will and that started a fire fight as he realized that Sergio Lopez didn't have enough power to hurt him. The middle rounds of the bout brought lots of back and forth action, but Sergio Lopez although landing, was always one step slower than the stronger Abraham Lopez. Abraham used his ring generalship and experience to continue to break down Sergio Lopez in the championship rounds and after ten, the judges had it 99-91 (twice) and 100-90, all in favor of “El Chamaco." With the victory Lopez now moves to (22-0-1, 15 KO's).

He was definitely a warrior. I definitely thought that there was moments throughout the fight that he was going to go down, but it goes to show how tough he was. I definitely think that it was my night tonight.
— Abraham Lopez

In the co-main event of the night, undefeated Colombian prospect and local fan favorite, Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (14-0, 5 KO's), battled 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, was on point from the opening bell as he took the fight to Hidalgo early, landing hard body shots and precise combinations. The tough Hidalgo was a game opponent, but the barrage of punches from “El Jaguar” hurt him at the end of the third round and Negrete took complete control of the fight. Referee Jack Reiss stepped in after Negrete landed several unanswered punches and waived the fight off at the 2:49 mark of round 4. Negrete moves to (15-0, 6 KO's). 

The game plan is to win. When you face an experienced fighter like him, you know you are going to encounter some dirty tricks. However, I remembered my training, to keep my distance, to place pressure, and to attack in a manner that would break him down slowly. That was what won this fight.
— Oscar Negrete

Opening up the televised portion of night was LA’s own Edgar Valerio, (8-0, 4 KO's) who clashed with Guadalupe De Leon (9-14, 5 KO's) from Mission, Texas in a six-round featherweight bout. Valerio, the South Central Los Angeles native, came out firing his left jab, used his height, and controlled the tempo for much of the first few rounds. Although, De Leon did land some heavy hooks, however, they were few and far between. In the third, Valerio landed a big four punch combination followed by a solid left hook that dropped De Leon. De Leon beat the count, but continued to get punished and walked back to his corner a bloody mess after the round. The middle rounds brought much of the same pace as the taller, stronger Valerio had his way with the outclassed De Leon. Then, 22 seconds into the sixth, Valerio caught De Leon with a vicious right cross putting De Leon onto the canvas. Referee Jack Reiss had seen enough and called a halt to the bout. 

I was in the ring with a more experienced fighter, and yet, I was able to get the win for being the smarter man. We didn’t get much chance to study him as a fighter, but just looking at his past fights and how calm he was in the ring made us switch up the game plan. All in all, I’m thankful to God, my team, and Joel De La Hoya Management for the opportunity.
— Edgar Valerio

Other bouts included:

Francisco Esparza (4-0, 1 KO) vs Gerardo Molina (1-2, 1 KO) (four rounds) Featherweight, Results: Esparza by second round TKO

Niko Valdez (2-0, 2 KO's) vs Will Williams, (0-2) (four rounds) Super Middleweight, Results: Valdez by first round KO

Jousce Gonzalez (2-0, 2 KO's) vs Jordan Alvarado (0-2) (four rounds) Super Featherweight, Results:Gonzalez by first round KO

Todd Unthank May (9-0, 3 KO's) vs Daniel Najera (5-0, 1 KO) (six rounds) Cruiserweight, Results: May by first round KO


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