– Luis Alberto Lopez Decisioned Josh Warrington To Win World Title
– Top Rank Stablemate Michael Conlan Gets First Dibs At Home
– Lopez vs Conlan Headlines BT Sport Fight Night
Mexico’s Luis Alberto Lopez makes the first defence of his IBF featherweight world title against Michael Conlan this Saturday, May 27, at The SSE Arena in Conlan’s hometown of Belfast, live on BT Sport in the UK.
Lopez-Conlan and undercard bouts will be broadcast live and exclusively on BT Sport in the UK and Ireland. While fans in the United States can watch the action on ESPN+.
Lopez captured the title last December, venturing to Josh Warrington’s home base of Leeds, England, to grind out a majority decision.
Lopez (27-2, 15 KOs), from Mexicali, Mexico, navigated bumpy terrain to become a world champion. After early-career defeats to Abraham Montoya and Ruben Villa stunted his momentum, Lopez thrilled American fight fans with his July 2020 split decision victory over Andy Vences inside the MGM Grand Bubble.
Fourteen months later, he dominated then-unbeaten junior lightweight prospect Gabriel Flores Jr. over 10 rounds. Lopez then moved down to featherweight and stopped another undefeated foe, Isaac Lowe, in seven rounds at London’s York Hall. After two stay-busy wins, he received his shot at the title, turning an expected triumphant Leeds homecoming into disappointment for the partisan fans.
Conlan (18-1, 9 KOs) turned pro in 2017 after a decorated Irish amateur career that included two Olympic berths, an Olympic bronze medal, and gold medals at the World Championships, European Championships, and Commonwealth Games.
His double middle finger salute to the judges at the 2016 Rio Olympics turned him into a fighting folk hero, and as a pro, he has proven himself on the world stage. Last March, he nearly captured the WBA featherweight crown from Leigh Wood in Wood’s hometown of Nottingham, England. Conlan, ahead on all three scorecards, was knocked out in the 12th round of ESPN’s Fight of the Year.
The Wood disappointment did not linger, as Conlan returned later that year with victories over Miguel Marriaga and Karim Guerfi at The SSE Arena. Five months after knocking out Guerfi in one round, Conlan returns to the friendly SSE Arena confines, prepared to seize his championship moment.
Lopez vs Conlan UK Time, Ticket Information, And Ring Walk Times
A 12-fight card which features Anthony Cacace, Nick Ball, Padraig McCrory, and more is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm BST (1:30 pm ET, 10:30 am PT) on BT Sport 1 in the UK and ESPN + in the US.
Main Event Ring Walks will occur at approximately 9:00 pm BST (4:00 pm ET, 1:00 pm PT). Stay tuned to NoSmokeSport.com for more details about the undercard, running order, and fight week updates as they happen. Tickets for this event are still available.
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Luis Alberto Lopez vs Michael Conlan – IBF World Featherweight Title – Sat, May 27– SSE Arena, Belfast – Live On BT Sport