- Luis Alberto Lopez Makes Second Defence Of IBF Crown In First US Headliner
- Three Times Beaten Joet Gonzalez Lands A Third Shot At World Honours
- Lopez vs Gonzalez Undercard Features The Return Of Top Prospect Zayas
Luis Alberto Lopez (28-2, 16 KOs) will defend his IBF featherweight world title against former two-time world title challenger Joet Gonzalez (26-3, 15 KOs)
Lopez won the IBF title in 2022, dethroning Josh Warrington in his hometown of Leeds. In his first defence, the 30-year-old travelled to Belfast and beat Michael Conlan via fifth-round TKO with a dazzling right uppercut.
He is now looking to defend his crown against Gonzalez, a division mainstay during the past several years. Gonzalez debuted in the pro ranks in 2012 and was 23-0 before facing Shakur Stevenson for the vacant WBO featherweight title in 2019.
The 29-year-old will now have his third opportunity at a world title after defeating Enrique Vivas via a 10-round unanimous decision in April.
A win for Lopez should set up an in-house unification clash with Robeisy Ramirez.
Lopez vs Gonzalez UK Time, Fight Date, TV Channel
Date: Friday, September 15
Venue: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
TV Channel: ESPN (US) and Sky Sports (UK)
UK Time: 1 am BST (8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT)
Ring Walks: 4 am BST (11 pm ET/ 8 pm PT)
Lopez vs Gonzalez Undercard
ESPN Card (10 pm ET)
Main Feature: Luis Alberto Lopez vs. Joet Gonzalez
Co-Feature: Xander Zayas vs. Roberto Valenzuela Jr.
ALSO ON ESPN: Emiliano Fernando Vargas vs. Alejandro Guardado
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