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Lopez Shines In Hometown Fight

By Marc Livitz at ringside: Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez returned to a raucous crowd in his hometown of Corpus Christi, TX and scored an impressive TKO against game but outclassed Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker at the American Bank Center on Saturday night.

In a scheduled eight round contest, Super Middleweight Lopez made his first trip back to the ring since his disputed majority decision loss to Kelly Pavlik when they met in May of 2011 as part of the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao/Shane Mosley bout.

Lopez improved his record to 22-1 with 17 knockouts. His opponent, Michael Walker of Chicago lost his ninth consecutive fight and the tenth of his last eleven overall. Walker falls to 19(12)-10-2. Lopez controlled the fight from the opening bell, as he used his left jab as well as his five inch height advantage to gain the upper hand.

The second round saw Lopez connect with shots to the body of Michael Walker as he furthermore began to break down his stubborn defense. Lopez complained to the referee on more than one occasion that Walker was leading with his head and not long after he voiced his concerns, a clash of heads opened an inch-long gash above Lopez’s left eye.

In round three, Alfonso Lopez began to land rapid combinations to Walker’s body and head. Walker attempted to slow the pace to a grind in rounds four and five, but Lopez managed to use the ring to his advantage and boxed his way out of trouble.

Round six was all about the mind games the two fighters were attempting to play on each other. Walker would taunt Lopez after a punch was landed, to which Lopez would either simply grin back or stick out his tongue. Alfonso Lopez was able to utilize his corner’s expertise to control the bleeding from his head. Michael Walker was not so lucky, as both of his eyes had nearly swollen shut by the end of round six as a result of the constant pounding of Lopez’s left jab.

In a scene not often witnessed in the ring, Walker quit ten seconds after the bell for round seven sounded. He stated that he simply couldn’t see any longer. At the conclusion of the fight, Lopez sounded a bit more satisfied than his last outing in May. “He was feeling the punishment and I was having fun, so I just kept on smiling and jabbing away”, he said. Lopez further stated that he hoped to get back into contention for a title shot in the Super Middleweight division.

The co-main event was one full of fireworks in the ring. Undefeated Lightweight Gregory “Bad Boy” Gutierrez (Robstown, TX) saw his perfect 4-0 record evaporate in a hail of power shots from DeShaun “Baby Boy” Williams (Bay City, TX), who clearly had everything to fight for with a record of 2(1)-6-1.

Williams jumped ahead on the scorecards with two knockdowns of the previously unbeaten Gutierrez in the first round. While Gutierrez was able to somewhat control the second round by using the ring, his efforts fell flat once he was knocked down two more times in round three. The referee stepped in and halted the contest at 1:02 of the third round. TKO victory for Williams.

Undercard Notes: Corpus Christi’s Boxing Hall of Fame welcomed its 3 new inductees on Saturday night: Ralph Davila, David Baltazar (dec.) & one-time WBC Continental Americas Flyweight champion Roland “Bad News” Gomez.

Alicio Casteneda, 13(5)-1 SD 6 versus Eddie Ramirez, 6-9, Jr. Lightweights
Ramsey Luna of Corpus Christi 8-0, UD 6 versus Natalio Ponce, 15-30, Jr. Lightweights
Jeremy Longoria, Corpus Christi, 3-0 UD4 over Guadalupe Perez, 1-4, Super Bantamweights
Julian Barboza (pro debut), Corpus Christi TKO 2 versus Mark Trujillo, 0-3, Welterweights
Robert Vela UD 4 over Henry Hernandez, Lightweights, Pro Debuts for both.

September 24, 2011

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