Lopez beats Lopez
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
About a year ago, Jose Lopez had come off a disappointing defeat at the hands of Edgar Santana. Boxing was the furthest from his mind and he was walking around as a light heavyweight rather than as a lightweight.
He had challenges that he had to overcome in his professional and personal life.
On Friday night, junior welterweight Jose Lopez faced a difficult challenge in Patrick Lopez. After what he has gone through over the last year, he refused to cave in.
Jose Lopez earned a hard-fought eight-round split decision victory before an overflow crowd of over 1,400 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
The bout headlined a five-bout “Lopez vs. Lopez” card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions, in association with Fox Sports Espanol.
Jose Lopez spent time away from the sport after the Santana defeat. His next bout was not until seven months later when he knocked out journeyman Alex Perez in the second round in November.
But, Patrick Lopez was no slouch. He had faced tough opponents in the professional ranks after representing Venezuela in the Olympic games in 2000 and 2004. Lopez had won his last four bouts before his defeat on Friday night.
It was a back and forth affair in the first couple of rounds as the contrasting styles of the southpaw Patrick Lopez and the conventional style of Jose Lopez featured clenches.
In the third and fourth rounds, Patrick Lopez was the aggressor and was able to land the harder and more effective punches.
Just when it looked as though Patrick Lopez would take the fifth round, Jose Lopez landed a well-placed counter right hand to the chin of an open Patrick Lopez, dropping him to the canvas. Patrick Lopez was able to get up, not hurt from the flash knockdown.
Patrick Lopez began the sixth round strong, landing hard shots to the head and body of Jose Lopez. However, Jose Lopez finally was able to take the initiative and forced the action on the inside.
Patrick Lopez’s punch output dropped in the seventh and eighth rounds, allowing Jose Lopez to increase his punch output. At times, he outhustled Patrick Lopez and looked like the fresher fighter of the two as the final bell sounded.
One judge scored the bout 76-75 in favor of Patrick Lopez, while the other two judges had Jose Lopez winning the fight by scores of 77-74 each. Fightnews.com scored the bout 76-75 in favor of Jose Lopez.
“I knew that the knockdown was going to come sooner or later,” said Jose Lopez, who sparred over 50 rounds with lightweight champion Edwin Valero. “He was strong and fast, but he would leave himself wide open for that punch.”
“We got what we expected from him. We were just smart in clenching and holding because he is quick. The sparring definitely paid off.”
Patrick Lopez offered a different opinion on the fight.
“I felt like I did enough to win the fight. I felt that I won the fight five rounds to three. I want a rematch to show how easy it is to beat him a second time.”
Thompson Boxing matchmaker Alex Camponovo told FightNews that a rematch is a possibility between the two.
Jose Lopez, from Riverside, Calif., improves to 24-3, 14 KOs. Patrick Lopez, from Caracas, Venezuela, drops to 15-2, 10 KOs.
Herrera stops Correa
In the semi-main event of the evening, Mauricio Herrera stopped William Correa in the fifth round of a scheduled eight round bout.
Herrera was content to box from the outside, utilizing his jab as he sized up Correa. As Herrera was jabbed, Correa jabbed and attempted to counter.
As the bout progressed, Herrera increased his punch output, throwing and landing more to the head and body. Undeterred, Correa was able to at times counter with right hands to the head.
Correa had difficulties not just with Herrera, but with his mouthpiece. As he was being bombarded with harder punches by Herrera, his mouthpiece would fall out of his mouth. He would be deducted a point in the fifth round after his mouthpiece fell out of his mouth a third time.
Sensing Correa was out of gas, Herrera jumped on Correa, landing hard combinations to the head and body. Herrera pinned Correa against the ropes, putting his hard punches together on a defenseless Correa, prompting referee Dr. Lou Moret to step in and stop the bout at 2:39 of the fifth round.
“He was everything that I expected him to be,” said Herrera, who has now stopped his last three opponents in a row. “He was a tough guy who hit hard. But it was nothing that I could not have handled.”
Herrera, from Riverside, goes to 10-0, 5 KOs. Correa, from Yanco, Puerto Rico, falls to 8-3, 8 KOs.
Lopez stops Lorenzana
Featherweight Abraham Lopez stopped Daniel Lorenzana with a body shot in the second round of a scheduled six-round bout.
Lopez attempted to counter Lorenzana as Lorenzana came straight at Lopez. At times, Lopez was wide with his punches as if to catch him with a single punch. That left him open as Lorenzana twice landed right hand counters to the head.
However, the more polished Lopez was able to land more punches than Lorenzana. During an exchange, Lopez landed a left hook to the stomach of Lorenzana, dropping him face first to the canvas.
Lorenzana struggled to get up, but was unable to beat referee Jack Reiss’ count of 10. Reiss waved the fight over at 1:05 of the round.
Lopez, from La Puente, goes to 7-0, 6 KOs. Lorenzana, from Miami, Fla., by way of Ciales, Puerto Rico, falls to 4-5-1, 2 KOs.
Hernandez decisions Proctor
In an entertaining fight, lightweight Daniel Hernandez won a four-round majority decision over Kadaphi Proctor.
Proctor began the bout, landing some hard right hands to the head of Hernandez. However, Hernandez made the necessary adjustments and began to land hard counter right hands to the head of Proctor.
Hernandez momentarily stunned Proctor towards the end of the first round with a hard right hand to the head.
Hernandez was able to follow up and land double left hooks to the body and head of Proctor. He would also land hard counter right hands to the head. Despite all of the punishment he absorbed, Proctor took the punches well and was even able to land his own against Hernandez.
Proctor had his best round in the fourth as he was able to box instead of trade with Hernandez. However, Hernandez was able to control the last half of the round, finishing the final round strong.
All in all, a good test for Hernandez, who used his strength and improving boxing skills to take home the victory.
Despite the loss, Proctor earned applause from the crowd for the amount of punishment he took and fighting back against Hernandez.
One judge scored the bout 38-38, while the other two judges scored the bout 39-37 and 40-36 in favor of Hernandez. Fightnews.com scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Hernandez.
Hernandez, from South Gate, improves to 5-0, 3 KOs. Proctor, from Hesperia, drops to 4-3-1.
Duenas adds a win to record
Welterweight Ricky Duenas picked up his first victory of his career, winning a four round unanimous decision over previously-unbeaten Eric Garcia.
Garcia began the bout strong, but allowed the southpaw Duenas to dictate the pace of the fight. Duenas found his rhythm, landing combinations to the head of Garcia.
At the end of a competitive second round, Duenas dropped Garcia with a straight left hand to the head. Garcia stood up and was able to survive until the bell sounded.
Garcia charged out at the beginning of the third round, staying on the inside of Duenas’ reach. However, Duenas was able to land the more effective punches in the round.
Duenas finished strong in the final round as Garcia went for broke, trying to score a knockdown or knockout of Duenas.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Duenas, with scores of 38-37, 38-37, and 39-36. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-36 in favor of Duenas.
Duenas, from El Monte, goes to 1-1. Garcia, from Rancho Cucamonga, falls to 3-1-1, 1 KO.
- unbeaten heavyweight Chris Arreola, unbeaten super welterweight Alfredo Angulo, light heavyweight contender Yusaf Mack, unbeaten bantamweight Yonnhy Perez, unbeaten middleweight prospect Shawn Estrada, former champions Rodolfo Gonzalez and Bobby Chacon, along with former title challenger Armando Muniz watched the action from ringside.
- Next Thompson Boxing Promotions event will take place on Friday, June 12th. For tickets and information, contact Thompson Boxing at (714) 935-0900.
- Ring announcer was Sonny Franco.