Lopez Confident he Becomes Champ Over Josh Warrington by Knockout
Any professional prizefighter that puts on the gloves aspires to fight for and win a world title. For Luis Alberto Lopez (26-2, 15 KOs), his opportunity to scrap for a world belt comes on December 10. Ranked the mandatory contender by the IBF, he challenges reigning IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington (31-1-1, 8 KOs) in the champ’s hometown of Leeds, England.
PURPOSE AND DIRECTION
Lopez grew up in the streets of Mexicali, Baja California. During an exclusive interview with Matchroom Boxing, the 29-year-old said the sport was a lifesaver. He was on the wrong side of the tracks and getting into a lot of trouble. Once committing himself, the sport gave him a sense of discipline and focus.
Turning pro in November 2015, the pride of Mexicali had his orientation in the hard-as-nails Mexican boxing circuit. It was those early days that help developed a style that is a mix of aggressiveness and underrated skills, with a certain cockiness he carries in the ring.
A key win was an upset unanimous decision victory over Gabriel Flores Jr in September 2021. Facing a fighter touted as someone with world-title potential, Lopez gave Flores Jr an absolute beating.
Now, he faces Warrington, who forever has a chip on his shoulder. Lopez seems to be unfazed by fighting on enemy turf. To say that he’s self-assured would be putting it politely. As he told Matchroom, the title is just as good as his.
“Firstly, we’re going to end it in a knockout . . . Like I say, we’re super motivated. I’ve prepared very well, and I’m feeling strong. This is my moment, and I’m not going to let it slip away . . . I’m coming here to knock him out.”
The champ is determined to do what’s necessary to retain the title. Lopez fully believes he’s leaving the ring with the IBF strap wrapped around his waist. This upcoming clash has the making of an intense, hard-fought battle.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.