Luis Alberto Lopez held his IBF featherweight title with a consistent choice triumph over Joet Gonzalez on Friday in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The scores were 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112.
Lopez, ESPN’s No. For the first time, a 126-pound boxer was the main event on ESPN in the United States. Lopez, of Mexicali, Mexico, was 29-2 and had 16 knockouts. He hit Gonzalez with shots from crazy angles, most of which he threw from his hips with his hands dangling at his side. Gonzalez (26-4, 15 KOs) shut solid down the stretch, yet arose with cuts under the two eyes, which were expanding shut.
Gonzalez’s best work came when he forced behind his poke, yet it wasn’t enough against the irregular Lopez, who crashed the featherweight title picture in December with a greater part choice triumph over Josh Warrington out and about.
Lopez, 29, got back to the U.K. for his most memorable title safeguard, a feature reel fifth-round technical knockout of Michael Conlan in May.
Presently, Lopez has a second fruitful guard added to his repertoire as he keeps on grabbing hold of the featherweight division.
Gonzalez, in the mean time, is presently 0-3 in title battles. His other title routs dropped via Emanuel Navarrete and Shakur Stevenson. Gonzalez, who battles out of Los Angeles, likewise experienced a misfortune to Isaac Dogboe last year.
Zayas stays undefeated
Junior middleweight prospect Xander Zayas watched out for his ideal record with a fifth-round technical knockout of Roberto Valenzuela Jr., in the ESPN boss help session.
Zayas (17-0, 11 KOs) knocked Valenzuela out twice in the first round before the referee stopped the fight in Round 5. Zayas battles out of South Florida while Valenzuela hails from Mexico.