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Luis Alberto Lopez vs. Reiya Abe: IBF featherweight title

March 2 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

IBF featherweight titlist Luis Alberto Lopez [from Mexicali] will put his belt on the line against mandatory challenger Reiya Abe.

Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 5 p.m.
Fight ringwalks (approx): 7 p.m.
Location: Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Watch on ESPN.

 

Luis Alberto Lopez record and bio

Nationality: Mexican
Date of birth: August 21, 1993
Height: 5′ 4″
Reach: 66.5″
Total fights: 31
Record: 29-2 (16 KOs)

Reiya Abe record and bio

Nationality: Japanese
Date of birth: March 25, 1993
Height: 5′ 7.5″
Reach: N/A
Total fights: 29
Record: 25-3-1 (10 KOs)

Lopez vs. Abe fight card:

Otabek Kholmatov vs. Raymond Ford; For the vacant WBA world featherweight title
Luis Alberto Lopez vs. Reiya Abe; For Lopez’s IBF world featherweight title
Brian Norman Jr. vs. Janelson Figueroa Bocachica; Welterweight
Rohan Polanco vs. Tarik Zaina; Welterweight
Troy Isley vs. Marcos Hernandez; Middleweight
Floyd Diaz vs. Edwin Rodriguez; Bantamweight
Brandon Moore vs. Helaman Olguin; Heavyweight
Bryce Mills vs. Gerffred Ngayot; Super lightweight
Nico Ali Walsh vs. Luke Iannuccilli; Middleweight.

 

 

About Lopez:

Lopez (29-2, 16 knockouts), rated No. 2 by The Ring at featherweight, turned professional in 2015 and moved through the ranks but dropped decisions to Abraham Montoya (SD 10) and Ruben Villa (UD 10).

The Mexicali native won nine consecutive fights, notably defeating the previously unbeaten trio of Cristian Baez (TKO 5), Gabriel Flores Jr. (UD 10) and Isaac Lowe (KO 7) to become the IBF mandatory challenger for Josh Warrington.

When that chance came, he edged out Warrington (MD 12) in the defending champion’s hometown. Lopez took his title to Michael Conlan’s backyard in Belfast and stunned the locals by stopping the Irishman in five rounds. He then turned back the challenge of Joet Gonzalez (UD 12).

Abe (25-3-1, 10 KOs), rated at No. 9 by The Ring at featherweight, turned professional after a low-key amateur career and lost his second fight. He then came up short against Taiki Minamoto (D 10) and Ryo Sagawa (UD 10) in efforts to win the Japanese national title, but he persevered and claimed the belt by outpointing Hinata Muruta and May 2022.

After one defense against Jinki Maeda (MD 12), he bested grizzled former two-weight titleholder Kiko Martinez (UD 12) in an IBF eliminator.

Lopez is promoted by Top Rank, who also work with WBO titlist Robeisy Ramirez. The talented Cuban will defend his championship against Rafael Espinoza on December 9. Early this week, Top Rank added the services of Otabek Kholmatov to their stable and won the purse bid to his fight with Raymond Ford for the vacant WBA title in a move to strengthen their position in the division.

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