By Ron Valerrama, Belasco Theater, Los Angeles - Abraham Lopez (22-0-1,15 KOs), retained his WBA-NABA featherweight title, defeating veteran Mexican fighter Sergio Lopez (21-12-1, 14 KOs) in a very entertaining match that went the 10 round distance.
Abraham Lopez may not be the most powerful puncher, but he dominated the entire fight, using an effective jab and fighting at a safe range. Round-by-round, Abraham Lopez chipped away at Sergio Lopez by mixing up some impressive combinations which included some blistering body shots. The chemistry between Abraham Lopez and trainer Joel Diaz was simply magic. Diaz, one of the best in the business brought out the best in Abraham Lopez tonight. It was a good win for him, but credit Sergio Lopez too, he had moments during the fight, especially in the later rounds where he landed some effective blows. In the end, the judges score the bout 100-90 and 99-91 X 2.
The featured bout was the main event and was presented by Golden Boy Promotions and televised on Estrella TV and streamed on RingTV.
The co-main event featured a super bantamweight brawl between Oscar Negrete (15-0, 6 KOs) facing journeyman Mexican fighter Raul Hidalgo (26-15, 19 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds. Negrete wasted little time, working behind a solid jab and landing effective blows on Hidalgo. Without a doubt, we witnessed a smarter fighter tonight in Negrete. Teaming up with trainer Manny Robles, Oscar Negrete was clearly a better fighter as he displayed patience and precision in his punches. In round 4, it would be Negrete’s jab that made the difference, setting up a series of combinations and pelting blows that Hidalgo could not answer. Referee Jack Reiss wisely called a halt to the action, protecting Hidalgo from further damage. The official time of the stoppage was 2:49 of round 4, adding another knockout win to the record of Oscar Negrete.
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December 2, 2016