Adam Bluenose Lopez Returns to Action on June 11
Among the first wave of fighters to bring boxing back to the United States is Top Rank featherweight prospect Adam “Bluenose” Lopez (13-2, 6 KO’s). After getting the call to see if he would be ready for combat, Lopez and his trainer James “Buddy” McGirt quickly confirmed that they were.
With that affirmation, a contract was drawn up for Bluenose to collide with Luis “Louie” Coria (12-2, 7 KO’s) on June 11 at the MGM Grand located in Las Vegas, Nevada. While ecstatic to be fighting so soon, Lopez explained in an interview with Boxing Social that this is not the first time he’s tried to quarrel with Coria.
“So this is the third time that we are trying to fight the kid. We were supposed to fight before [Oscar] Valdez, then we were supposed to fight April eleventh and then the quarantine happened. So now we are going for the third time. Hopefully nothing happens and we can get this match set.”
“But from the bits that I have seen from his previous fights, he is a tough kid; definitely got that Mexican style. Comes forward, wants to bang it out with you. I think that falls perfectly into my game plan because I can do a little of that and little bit of boxing.”
THE BOUNCE BACK
As he is coming off a seventh round stoppage loss to #1 WBO and #1 WBC ranked super featherweight Oscar Valdez (27-0, 21 KO’s), Lopez fully understands how important a standout victory is in his next at bat.
The loss to Valdez was the second of this career. However, it was #1 WBO and #6 WBC ranked super bantamweight boxer Stephen “Cool Boy Steph” Fulton (18-0, 8 KO’s) who initially desecrated his undefeated record. Undeterred by either setback, Bluenose is eager to hop back in the deep waters.
“Definitely, I got more eyes on me and I would say that this fight is more important than the Valdez fight because if I don’t do good, this fight they might just say that last fight was a fluke. Or he just got lucky, it was his lucky night. But I’m going show everybody, all my fans, my doubters that I got what it takes and I’m going to show you what I can do.”
JUST NEED GLOVES AND AN OPPONENT
In an effort to get those bigger fights that he wants down the line, Lopez is willing to brave whatever hardships he must while boxing under the sport’s new and evolving protocols.
“A fight’s a fight. When you’re in there, you’re not worried about the fans, you’re not worried about the cameras, the press too much. You just want to go in there and focus. But at the end of the day, it is great feeling that energy in the crowd when you land a big punch and the crowd is roaring.
Or when you’re walking out to the ring and the crowd is chanting your name or whatever. It brings something out of you. But we’re going to see who the real fighters are and who can really bring that out of themselves without that energy that they get from the crowd.”
So, (and it feels oh so warm and juicy to type!) we shall see Lopez and rest of the fighters on the card in just about a week’s time! Stay tuned to 3kingsboxing.com for all the latest boxing news and updates
By: Bakari Simpson