Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez III
Texas boxer Alfonso El Tigre Lopez continues to strive for world championship. “I am a positive fun loving husband, father and coach in my personal life. However, in the ring, there is an animal who loves to compete.”
Born on May 16 1982, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Lopez grew up playing and watching all sports, but who would have known that the backyard boxing matches with friends and cousins would foreshadow his future?
Alfonso attended Sam Houston State University and walked on to their football team as a red-shirt freshman linebacker for the 2000-2001 season. He was drawn to boxing after a second round knockout in his first amateur fight at a Sigma Chi Fight Night in 2001. Felix Ramirez coaching him that night invited Alfonso to train at the Cut N Shoot boxing gym. This is when history began making its mark.
During Alfonso’s amateur career, he achieved quick success with only two amateur bouts he entered the open division of the Houston Golden Gloves and six fights later he was the reigning Texas Champion with only eight total career bouts. To prove it was no fluke he was a repeat winner in 2006. He also won the USA Men’s State Championship in 2006; which advanced him to the USA National Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado. Here he defeated three of the top five nationally ranked boxers. He ended the tournament with a silver medal in the Light-Heavyweight division.
With his wife and Kids by his side and accomplishing the promise to his mother and himself to receive a college degree, Alfonso is chasing his dream of becoming a “World Champion.”
Lopez combines ring savvy with a tenacity of overwhelming aggressiveness and powerful punches that earned him the nickname “El Tigre”. Lopez won the Texas Super Middleweight Title and the WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight Title in 2009 and 2010. A memorable fight for Lopez was his highly disputed loss to Undisputed World Champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik on Showtime PPV May 2011 where he suffered a broken hand and elbow injury.
In 2015 on the Undercard of Canelo vs Kirkland at Minute Maid Park, Lopez Knocked out Lester Gonzales with a torn rotator cuff after round one. After 22 Months out the ring Lopez has made his return. March 24th 2017 Lopez dominated Colby Courter in a Light Heavyweight matchup in Humble Texas. Looking sharp and feeling better than ever Lopez was right back on track with stiff jabs and powerful right hands.
“The shoulder feels great, I am punching better now than ever before. I truly feel like the coaching and teaching I did with the time off from surgery has made me a more complete fighter. I will return to the Super Middleweight division and want the very best fighters”.
Lopez and his team look forward to making 2017 a year to remember looking to fight the top fighters and letting everyone know he is still the real deal.